Crime & Courts

Woman charged with causing vehicle to land in I-57 ditch

Prosecutors alleged woman recklessly grabbed the vehicle’s steering wheel

A woman who was a passenger in a vehicle on Interstate 57 has been charged with grabbing the steering wheel and causing the vehicle to land in a ditch.

On Thursday, prosecutors charged Kelly Wilson, 21, of Tinley Park with reckless conduct in connection with the Dec. 2 incident. Wilson pleaded not guilty to the charge on the same day.

A criminal complaint alleged Wilson had performed a reckless act and endangered the safety of another person when she “grabbed the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to lose control and enter a ditch.”

About 9:03 p.m., state troopers responded to a report of a vehicle in the median ditch on I- 57 at milepost 330 in Will County, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Elizabeth Clausing.

Clausing said during the investigation of the incident, Wilson, a passenger of the vehicle, was placed under arrest for reckless conduct and then released on her own recognizance.

No injuries were reported, Clausing said.

In response to several questions about the incident, Clausing directed The Herald-News to submit a Freedom of Information Act request.

The charge of reckless conduct is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.