Crime & Courts

Woodstock man charged in fatal McHenry crash that killed man in wheelchair

Driver was on his phone during crash with man in wheelchair, police say

Mark Glawe, 65, of the 14800 block of Redbud Lane, Woodstock
Mark Glawe, 65, of the 14800 block of Redbud Lane, Woodstock

More than eight months after a fatal Woodstock crash, police arrested a man they said was looking at his phone when his vehicle struck a 62-year-old man in an electric wheelchair.

The July 1 crash killed William R. Schmidt, who was at the end of his driveway in the
700 block of Ringwood Road, McHenry, when he was hit, according to a police report.

On Friday, McHenry County Sheriff’s officers arrested the alleged driver, 65-year-old Mark Glawe, who faces a felony charge of aggravated use of a communication device.

According to a complaint filed Friday morning in McHenry County court, Glawe told police that he was looking at the GPS function on his phone while on his way to pick up a landscaping tool he bought on Craigslist.

It wasn’t until Glawe’s tire flattened and he got out of the car that he realized he’d hit a person, according to the police report.

He previously told police he was unsure whether the phone was in his hand or the center console of his vehicle.

Glawe, of the 14800 block of Redbud Lane, faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office could not be reached for comment on the timing of the charges.

A wrongful death civil suit filed in October by Schmidt’s wife sought $50,000 from Glawe for negligence and carelessness.

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