Kane County authorities are asking for the public's help in finding Shannon Hill, the driver they believe fled the scene of a September accident on Plank Road that killed 17-year-old Lawrence Echols of Elgin and seriously injured another teenager.
Kane County sheriff's deputies completed their investigation into the , on Plank Road near Engel Road.
On March 15, 2013, sheriff’s detectives appeared before a Kane County grand jury that sanctioned a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges against Hill, whose last known address was in Elgin:
- Failure to report and accident involving death—a class 1 felony
- Failure to report an accident involving personnel injury—a class 1 felony
- 2 counts Aggravated DUI—a class 2 felony and a class 4 felony
- reckless homicide—a class 3 felony
- DUI—class A misdemeanor
- Speeding more than 40 mph over the speed limit
- Improper lane usage
An arrest warrant was issued for Hill, and his bond has been set at $100,000. Sheriff's Department spokesman Pat Gengler said.
Anyone with information on Hill’s whereabouts is encouraged to call 911 or sheriff’s detectives at (630) 444-1103
The initial investigation showed that a 2007 Lincoln MKZ was traveling west at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. The vehicle crossed the center line and eventually left the roadway on the south side of Plank Road, then rolled several times and struck a tree.
The driver—now identified as Hill—and front seat passenger fled the crash on foot. The two back-seat passengers had to be extricated from the car. One of the back-seat passengers, Echols, was pronounced dead on the scene and the other was flown by helicopter to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, with non-life threatening injuries.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff's Office