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Charges Upgraded to Felonies in Deadly June Route 71 Crash

Christopher Nevin, 25, is still being held on $100,000 bail in the Kendall County jail, and is now facing felony charges in death of a 22-year-old Oswego man.

An Oswego man is now facing felony charges for his actions in a June car crash that killed a 22-year-old man, according to Kendall County court records.

Christopher Nevin, 25, of the 500 block of Heritage Drive, Oswego, had previously been facing traffic citations for the incident that killed Oswego resident Garrett Riotte on June 23.

Now those charges have been upgraded to: felony aggravated drunken driving leading to death, felony aggravated drunken driving leading to great bodily harm and felony leaving the scene of an accident, according to Kendall County court records.

On June 23, two cars struck Riotte at 2:21 a.m. north of the intersection of Route 71 and Forest Avenue, said Oswego Police. Riotte had been walking in a dark area of the roadway when he was struck by an eastbound car driven by Thomas Schilinger, 22, of the 200 block of Morgan Valley Drive, Oswego.

The impact tossed Riotte into the westbound lane and into the path of two oncoming cars, police said. One swerved and avoided striking Riotte, but the other, a car driven by Nevin, hit him, according to police.

Riotte was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where he later died, police said. Nevin originally was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content higher than .08, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Schillinger was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Schillinger and Nevin both appeared in Kendall County court Nov. 20.

According to court records, Schillinger’s traffic case was continued to Dec. 18 and Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said he does not expect any additional charges against Schillinger, according to a report in the Aurora Beacon News.

Nevin is still being held on $100,000 bail. He was charged again for driving under the influence on Nov. 11 in Aurora, according to DuPage County court records. He will appear in DuPage County court on Dec. 11. His next court appearance in Kendall County is Nov. 28. 

Amanda November 27, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Although Chris is a great kid and on that June night he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, both incidences he was driving under the influence. There is no doubt that he has many friends and family who could have picked him up. He did not learn his lesson about drinking and driving on that June night, and he did it again on the 11th, now I do not feel bad for him. He deserves this punishment and he also needs to get some help with his drinking habits.
oswegoannie November 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Wow. Drunk dude hits and kills someone in June,,,and drives drunk again in Nov...and gets caught? How many times was this fool out there driving drunk when he was not caught? Keep this menace locked up.
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