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Man Charged With DUI After Fatal Accident

A 22-year-old Manhattan man was killed in a fiery blaze Aug. 25 in Frankfort Township. The driver of the car, New Lenox resident Kevin Krohn, was charged Thursday with an aggravated DUI.

A 22-year-old New Lenox man has been chared with felony aggravated DUI in connection with a .

Kevin Krohn, of the 100 block of North Cooper Street, was booked into Will County Jail on Thursday following an investigation of the accident.

A Will County Sheriff's Police investigation alleges that about 3:45 a.m. Krohn was drinking and driving on Steger Road at 104th Avenue in Frankfort Township when he lost control of the vehicle.

Stevens, 22, was passenger in the car; he died as a result of burns. Sheriff's police said the vehicle went off the road, hit an obstruction and minutes later it burst into flames.

Krohn reportedly injured his leg in the accident; however, he managed to crawl free from the vehicle before it caught fire, said Kathy Hoffmeyer,  spokeswoman.

Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil said Stevens was prounounced dead at the scene. His department was forced to rely on dental records to identify the body.

According to the report, a passing motorists spotted the blaze and called 911. The Frankfort Fire Protection Distriction doused the blaze.

Krohn's bond was set a $75,000.

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Joe Piscipoe September 08, 2012 at 07:17 PM
$7500 and he's back out on the streets.
classmate September 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
...and a short hair cut and a collared shirt...never seen that before on Kevin. I guess the family is trying to make him look like a 'every-day' kid that just had bad luck. DON'T BE FOOLED!
Concerned Taxpayer September 08, 2012 at 09:14 PM
It seems like these kids don't get it. His friends are acting like he is the victim. He screwed up and should have to face the consequences of his actions. Again, this is not an accident. IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED!! He won't change.
Lisa September 09, 2012 at 12:18 PM
It saddens me to hear that another young life is snuffed out and one forever changed as a result of one stupid decision to drink and drive! Young people, learn from this tragedy! You are not invincible!!
Scott September 09, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I know both of them, jake was a good guy
Scott September 09, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Now I have another friend in the ground and one in jail. It all could have been avoided
anonymous September 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Could have easily been prevented, have known this kid since high school and I would expect nothing more or less from a person like him. Has always been so careless and irresponsible. It really is so sad to see another death from high school,especially for the suffering he had to go through.
just me September 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Lets not forget Jake burned alive as Kevin watched. I don't care if my legs were cut off I would have had a lot of burns on me from crawling in to try to get him out. Death before Dishonor. Humm seems like he had NONE. Must of just watched his friend die. NOT much of a friend. And now I here he is out on bail. Something Jake will never see. Needs to be put back in jail where he belongs.
Scott September 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Kevin better not be out, I know a lot of people who want to get their hands on him
Stone Walker September 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Kevin is a waste of human skin. Those that defend this LOSER are morons. I'm sure his family is thrilled to spend their life savings keeping this putz from Bubba. Kevin isn't the victim, but his conscience will eat him alive. Don't worry- he'll turn to booze and drugs to quiet the demons, but they will always be there reminding him with the screams of the friend killed by his hand.
Ashamed Classmate September 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Is it sad that I'm not surprised? I knew Kevin Krohn would never go anywhere in life. Let's just hope the only place he goes (and STAYS) is jail.
just me September 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Well from what I here he is out on bail.
Mokena Resident September 10, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I don't think either of the 2 involved are victims. Chances are both were drunk and made a dumb decision (If Jake was sober then it was even more dumb). Kevin is the type of kid to be easily peer pressured, so it is possible he was even coerced into driving. I don't think it would be right to place the blame solely on him, as Jake obviously made a reckless decision as well by riding along. Regardless, it is sad to see 2 guys this young die and end up in jail.
don't worried about it September 10, 2012 at 03:15 AM
First of no offence tto the people that new both of them but if you knew the real story you'd know that Jake is the reason y they crashed he pulled the wheel and Kevin wasn't that drunk so there was no stopping him and the police didn't tell you that he crawled like 5 miles to get help with a broken leg
Stone Walker September 10, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Personal responsibility is no more. Everyone is a victim. Crawled 5 miles? There are many houses on that stretch of road.
just me September 10, 2012 at 01:07 PM
crawled 5 miles Boy are you a dummy. You have ANY idea how long it would take to crawl 5 miles and back. 10 miles total. NOT. Beleave his crap if you want but that is just BS. And Jake is NOT the reason they crashed, Get a life dummy and stop defending that POS
Michael Sewall (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
@SPEAKMYMIND and @Meth, your comments were deleted because they contained profanity. Please feel free to re-post your sentiments without profanity.
Concerned Taxpayer September 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
It all starts with the parents. Years back a yound Mangattan kid overdosed and died. His parents continued to let his friends come over to the house and party all night long. When are these parents going to wake up and understand that they need to tell these kids NO!! You are not their friend! They need your guidance and wisdom not your house so they can drink and do drugs all night. Wake up people.
bobby gasca September 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM
All you who say you knew Kevin and say he was a low life, of you actually knew him you would know he is a good hearted person and it was an accident. Yes what they were doing was wrong and he will live with this for the rest of his life but please quit trash talking about him. Not necessary. I haven't hung out with krohn in a little while but I know who he was as a person. He doesn't need people accosting him over this. They were. Est friends and he will have to deal with the law for this unfortunate event. And have the guts to put your real name on here trash talking cowards.
meh September 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
^^^ that's exactly right. Accidents are real and if they weren't then he woulget charged with murder and he's not! It was an accident on both of their parts! And to those people who say he got out of the car n left him, you can't help anyone without helping yourself first! He didn't know the car was going to burst into flames when he started crawling to find help with two broken legs. He did the best he could to find help quickly, we don't need another death because of the horrible things you guys are saying on here! Its in the laws hands now, and no there are not alot of people out to get him. They were best friends & I guarantee Jake is looking down to his friend. The law says it's an accidental death not a murder. A boy is dead and another boy will be suffering mentally for the rest of his life. Keep negative comments to yourselves please. They are not needed, what's done is done. Being mean won't benefit you nor will it effect the turnout of his charges!
meh September 11, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Also no he didn't crawl 5 miles but he did go about five hundred feet while losing an extreme amount of blood from his legs. The two houses he did go to did not answer, he ended up flagging down a fire truck down the road. And these facts aren't coming from him they came from the police and fireman who were at the scene.
Newlenoxrepublican September 11, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Some men just want to watch the world burn. Romney '12
onewhoknows September 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
If any of you knew anything about Kevin's parents you would be ashamed of yourselves.
Mrs Kellog September 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I hear a lot of people defending Kevin, saying it was just an accident, if we only knew his parents. Somebody said Jake is in a better place- an angel looking down from above. Somebody said he grabbed the wheel. What a load of horse crap. Not much mentioned about Jake's folks, his life, his dreams. What about Jake's cousins and brothers/sisters and grandparents and HIS unfinished life's work? Too many of Kevin's buds thumping their chests for what is essentially a self-inflicted injury. You drink, you drive, somebody DIES. It's never the drunk behind the wheel.
Taxpayer September 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Well they both were drinking at a bar together, from what I understand, I too herd Jake grabbed the wheel causing the accident, but no one will ever know what really happend. Cant we teach our kids to have a designated driver! This is just a sad story, and a accident, no one intened to kill anyone, but that is what happened, its an accident!
Mrs Kellog September 12, 2012 at 04:12 AM
So, who said Jake grabbed the wheel? Was it the guy who left Jake to die in a fiery wreck so he wouldn't get arrested ? The guy who "crawled 5 miles" for help ? I wish had close friends like Kevin Krohn. The difference between the 2 drinking buddies was ONE guy was driving, ONE wasn't. See the difference ? When you are the driver, YOU are responsible legally and morally. When you drink a lot , then speed down dark, hilly country roads, it's no longer an accident. It's negligence. If you kill your passenger in the process, it's now called aggravated DUI. I think the moral of the story is if you're out drinking and your both loaded, don't get in the car. Just because you are a passenger and won't legally get a DUI, you can still get dead.
Emma September 19, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Did someone hold a gun to Jake's head to get into that car? Did Kevin pick him up, put him in the car, and hold him hostage? It's so easy to point blame and see a victim. Nobody wins here. It's a sad story. Some people have some nerve blasting Kevin when they've never even met him. Newsflash: nobody deserves to die. And Kevin is not an intentional killer. The only word to describe this situation is: tragedy. For everyone.
Kyle Williams September 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Emma- I'm thinking logic isn't one of your strong points. Do YOU require someone to point a gun at you to get you to do what is legally and morally correct ? It's not just a sad story, it's CRIMINAL. Even if Kevin is 'swell' and he left his bud to burn to death 'accidentally', it's still not someone I'd bother to defend nor want to hang with.
erosa September 19, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Everyone has a good side whether you think so or not. This is a tragedy for all involved. May God watch over and comfort both families. And pray that others learn from this.
Idiosyncratic Cliche September 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
What a sad story, as I read the above comments I am infuriated. First of all the law failed Jake. Kevin should not have been behind the wheel on his I believe 3rd or 4th pending DUI and a wreckless driving ticket from like a week before(all public record if you know where and how deep to dig). Second of all, I was at the scene of the incident the following day after the investigation, no one crawled 5 miles, lies. And have any of you driven that road at 80mph plus? Its a hotspot for teen boys, you can actually get air coming over that hill if you going fast enough, Jake did not grab the wheel causing that accident. Kevin needs to stop the BS, tell the truth and ask for forgiveness. Oh and... Stop going to Joliet bars after your morning therapy too... Think this would have been what finally opened your eyes but wow your still at it. At first I defended Kevin saying he will have to stomach the guilt and thats enough punishment, now after seeing first hand what he is up too (you never know who your standing in front of) I hope he gets major jail time....

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