Traffic court is a joke, just a place to make big $$$$ for government - Why did this guy even have a drivers license???
A Crystal Lake man has been charged with drunk driving, three years after being convicted of being drunk when he crashed his snowmobile killing his friend, WBBM-Channel 2 morning news anchor Randy Salerno.
Scott Hirschey, 49, of the 1900 block of Blue Pine Drive in Crystal Lake, was arrested July 27 for a misdemeanor count of DUI and several citations including illegal transportation of alcohol, no proof of insurance and improper lane usage.
A witness spotted Hirschey driving erratically before he rear-ended a pickup on Crystal Lake Avenue, according to Crystal Lake police Cmdr. Derek Hyrkas. The truck driver drove away after checking his pickup and Hirschey continued driving until his vehicle was curbed by a responding officer.
Hirschey was released the same day on a $3,000 bond, Hyrkas said. He is expected Sept. 11 at a hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock.
In July 2009, Hirschey was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading no contest to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in Vilas County (Wis.) Circuit Court.
Prosecutors said Hirschey’s blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit when he crashed his snowmobile into a tree near Sayner in northern Wisconsin on Jan. 24, 2008, killing Salerno.
Salerno, 45, was a morning anchor on Channel 2, and had also worked as a reporter and anchor for WGN-TV.
Hirschey was the godfather of Salerno’s son, and the men had known each other since second grade. District Attorney Albert Moustakis said he recommended no jail time for Hirschey, in part because Salerno’s family did not want that.
The accident occurred after a snowmobile broke down. Hirschey agreed to drive a snowmobile designed for one passenger with Salerno riding on the back, but it slid off a trail, throwing Hirschey off before hitting several trees.