Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Scott Hirschey convicted in the DUI death of WBBM-Channel 2 morning news anchor Randy Salerno faces new DUI charge


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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe some jail time might have helped this guy the first time. I am sure the offenders close relationship with the victims family played a big role in him not going to jail. Some people never learn. Now send him to jail and force him to get some help with his drinking.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like has a slight drinking problem

I Voted For Obama said...

Scott Hirschey voted for Obama, then asked him if he was "stopping" after the election.

Anonymous said...

Salerno was an arrogant asshole anyway.. So what!

Anonymous said...

Salerno's younger brother is a McHenry Co. Corrections Officer... Wonder if he'll be nice to the guy?

Anonymous said...

I just bought a bottle of Wild Turkey 101.
This would be a good thread to post cocktail recipes.

Anonymous said...

Real simple..when you drink don't drive.Really it's that fuckin easy.

Anonymous said...

Yeah but gotta get home.....hic........

Except your rule doesnt apply to cops - they can do anything they want

Anonymous said...

Off to nigger U for a long time. Kill someone while you are drunk driving and you deserve to spend some time with the niggers.

Anonymous said...

He has Crystal Lake values.