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Crime & Courts

Suit filed in crash that killed North Aurora businessman

BATAVIA – A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a 61-year-old Sugar Grove man killed in February in a two-car collision in Batavia.

The family of David Schele Sr., who owned and operated the Close Encounters Collision Center in North Aurora for 30 years, filed a suit in June against Craig Schindlbeck of Oswego. The suit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

According to the suit, Schele was driving a 2003 Toyota north on Randall Road near McKee Street about 8:20 p.m. Feb. 15 when he was struck by Schindlbeck, who was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile southbound on Randall and in the left turn lane to head east on McKee Street.

The Batavia Police Department on March 22 ticketed Schindlbeck for failure to yield while turning left.

He pleaded not guilty, and is scheduled to have a bench trial Aug. 7 at the Kane County Branch Court on Randall Road in St. Charles.

The suit alleges that Schindlbeck failed to keep a proper lookout for Schele’s vehicle, failed to obey a traffic control device, failed to make a proper left-hand turn, failed to yield the right-of-way and was otherwise careless and negligent.

Schindlbeck could not be reached for comment.

The suit states that as a result of Schele’s death, the plaintiff, David A. Schele Jr., sustained great losses in the form of medical, funeral and burial expenses.

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