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Household seeks justice after driver cited, not charged following lethal Wheaton hit-and-run crash

WHEATON, Sick. (WLS) — Paige Donahue was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Wheaton in January 2023, simply months earlier than her marriage ceremony.

Over one 12 months later, the driving force accused within the crash has been cited, however not charged.

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A Good Samarian who tried to avoid wasting Donahue’s life was honored on Monday as her family members referred to as on the state’s lawyer to rethink submitting costs.

The household expressed their gratitude for Heather Weitekamp, who introduced gentle to their darkest hour.

Weitekamp acquired Wheaton’s Good Citizen Award for stopping to carry out CPR on 31-year-old Donahue when she was hit and killed by a driver who left the scene whereas crossing Roosevelt Highway at Crest Road on foot.

“The nightmares that I’ve to undergo about my daughter laying on that floor and being alone, she’s comforted me,” mentioned Traci Palucci, Donahue’s mom. “She’s our hero. I could not ask for anyone to be with my daughter within the worst state of affairs that anyone may ever think about.”

After investigating the crash for greater than a 12 months, Wheaton police mentioned they recognized and situated the driving force concerned, a Batavia lady who they are saying cooperated with detectives.

My daughter was value far more than a quotation

The DuPage County State’s Legal professional’s Workplace says it “performed an in depth evaluation of the details and circumstances,” and “beneath Illinois legislation, felony costs weren’t filed,” citing case legislation that “requires proof that [the] accused driver had information that she or he was concerned in an accident that concerned one other individual.”

As a substitute, the driving force was issued a citation for failure to cut back pace to keep away from an accident.

“My daughter was value far more than a quotation,” Palucci mentioned.

Now, Donahue’s pals have began an internet petition, calling on the state’s lawyer to rethink costs.

“We have been alleged to develop outdated collectively, and now, I am caught with out her, and it isn’t truthful,” mentioned Lisha Harris, Donahue’s pal.

That on-line petition has garnered greater than 440 signatures.

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