It really sucks when tragedy is caused by utter stupidity and that's exactly what we have in the Chicago 'burbs.
Timothy Salvesen, an accountant from Wheaton, was charged with aggravated street racing and leaving the scene of a fatal crash in relation to an incident that occurred back in January.
Killed in the crash were 32-year-old Joseph Paliokaitis of North Aurora, who prosecutors said appeared to be racing with Salvesen as both drove west on Golf Road at speeds that two witnesses estimated at 80 to 90 mph.
The speed limit on that stretch of four-lane road was 55 mph, Assistant State’s Attorney Maria McCarthy said during Salvesen’s bond hearing Tuesday.
As the two westbound lanes merged into one, Paliokaitis apparently lost control of his 2003 Jaguar and rolled into eastbound traffic, striking a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon head-on.
The crash killed its driver, 62-year-old Migdalia Bloch. of Hoffman Estates, who was on her way home from work, McCarthy said.
Salvesen’s attorney said his client, an accountant who has no prior criminal record, will fight the charges that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.
“It’s an unfortunate situation and Tim maintains his innocence,” defense attorney Henry Samuels said.
After poking around a bit, we found a Tim Salvesen on LinkedIn who is a Senior Audit Manager at KPMG and another Tim Salvesen on Facebook who lives in Barlett, IL (a town next to Wheaton) and lists "KPMG" on his networks but we have not confirmed that the "accountant" charged is the "auditor" we found online.
Messages left with a KPMG spokesman, Mr. Samuels, and Tim Salvesen in KPMG's Chicago office have not been returned.
UPDATE: A couple more reports give us more details that indicate that Salvesen "accountant" is Salvesen "KPMG auditor." First, the Tribune reports more details of the crash, saying it was "apparently impromptu [...]as the men did not know each other." It also states that Mr. Salvesen is "an ex-Marine" which matches the profile on LinkedIn.
But the mugshot from ABC7 may be the clincher:
This looks a lot like the guy on LinkedIn but now the photo from the profile no longer appears (it's not just me, DWB confirmed). Regardless, it's increasingly appears that Salvesen is Salvesen and since no one likes to return our phone calls, we'll leave it up to you to decide.
37-year-old Wheaton accountant charged in drag-racing crash that killed two [CST]
Man charged with street-racing months after fatal crash [CT]
Accountant charged in drag racing crash that killed 2 [ABC7]