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Crime & Courts

Driver faces felony DUI charge in woman's death

Mark F. Vogtman was charged with felony aggravated DUI
Mark F. Vogtman was charged with felony aggravated DUI

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A driver involved in a crash that killed a woman and injured two other drivers last summer has been charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence of any amount of marijuana, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release.

Mark F. Vogtman, 37, of the 4S000 block of Harter Road, Sugar Grove Township, was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies May 4 and also was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, a misdemeanor, the release stated.

The charges follow the completion of an investigation of the crash by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the release stated.

The fatal crash occurred about 3:45 p.m. July 7, 2016, on Route 64 west of Peck Road in St. Charles Township, the release stated.

A Mitsubishi Outlander, being driven east on Route 64 by an Elgin woman, was stopped and waiting to turn north onto Cibis Road, when a Toyota Highlander, driven by Janice Wollenborg of St. Charles, stopped behind the Mitsubishi, the release stated.

A Chevy Silverado pickup, driven by Vogtman, also traveling east on Route 64, struck the rear of the Toyota, pushing it into the westbound lane of Route 64, where it was struck by a Freightliner semitrailer driven by a Rockdale man, the release stated.

Wollenborg was transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva where she was pronounced dead, the release stated.

The drivers of the Mitsubishi and semitrailer were also transported to Delnor with minor injuries, while Vogtman was uninjured, the release stated.

If convicted of the felony charge, Vogtman faces a possible sentence of three to seven years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.

Vogtman posted $3,000 bond or 10 percent of the $30,000 bail that was set. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 18.

According to court records, Vogtman received a speeding citation Feb. 18, for which he paid $205 in costs and penalties; received 120 days of supervision; and attended a driver safety program.

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