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Woodstock man charged in fatal crash ordered to pay fine

Driver calls 2017 McHenry incident ‘tragic accident’

Mark Glawe, 66, of Woodstock
Mark Glawe, 66, of Woodstock

A 66-year-old man agreed Monday to pay a $100 fine in connection with a crash that killed another man last year.

Mark Glawe, of the 14800 block of Redbud Lane, Woodstock, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a petty offense. McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather ordered Glawe to pay a total of $559 to cover the fine and additional court costs in accordance with the plea deal.

Charges were filed against Glawe more than eight months after he allegedly struck and killed 62-year-old William R. Schmidt. Glawe told police that he was looking at the GPS function on his phone July 1, 2017, when he struck Schmidt. At the time, Schmidt was seated in an electric wheelchair at the end of his driveway in the 700 block of Ringwood Road, McHenry, according to a criminal complaint.

Schmidt’s wife did not wish to comment on the case, but said she and her children loved William.

Sheriff’s officers arrested Glawe on March 30 and charged him with aggravated use of a communication device. That felony charge – which could have landed Glawe in prison for up to three years – was dropped when he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Glawe previously told police that he was unsure whether the phone was in his hand or the center console of his vehicle when the crash happened.

Reached by phone Monday, Glawe said the crash was a “tragic accident” and called the situation a “living nightmare.”

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