Man charged with fleeing the scene of fatal crash in Joliet

Warrant issued for man’s arrest in connection with deadly collision

A man has been charged with failure to report a crash that led to the death of a motorcycle operator in Joliet and failure to stop his vehicle at the scene of the incident.

On April 16, Judge Fred Harvey signed a warrant for the arrest of Joseph Ordakowski, 37, of Justice, on charges of failure to report a crash involving personal injury or death, failure to stop after he was involved in a crash and driving while his license was revoked.

The warrant carries a $200,000 bond.

The charges alleged Ordakowski failed to immediately stop his Chevrolet Tahoe after he was involved in a crash on Aug. 16 on Chicago Street that injured Henry Young, 55, of Lockport.

The charges also alleged Ordakowski failed to report the incident to the Joliet police Department within a half hour after it occurred.

After the crash, Young was taken to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and he was pronounced deceased on Aug. 20, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Officers responded to the crash about 10:16 p.m. on Aug. 16, Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English said.

Officers determined that a Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling in the northbound direction of South Chicago Street and turned left toward the eastbound on-ramp of Interstate 80, in front of a Yamaha motorcycle driven by Young, English said.

Young was traveling in the southbound direction of South Chicago Street and both vehicles collided, English said.

“The driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe fled the scene without providing aid or information,” English said.

The Joliet police traffic unit investigated the crash and the Chevrolet Tahoe was located in Oak Lawn on Sept. 15, English said. The vehicle was towed for further investigation.

Officers working the case identified the driver as Ordakowski, English said.

On April 16, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the charges and a warrant was issued for Ordakowski’s arrest, he said.

Young’s obituary said he was president and state ambassador of the Star Chapter 104 Motorcycle Club, a member of the Palos R/C Flying Club and a longtime employee of JB Hunt Transportation.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News