Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Collision on Rt. 71

Oswego police have confirmed that 22-year-old Garrett Riotte of Oswego was killed in a collision that involved two vehicles, and resulted in a drunken driving charge for one of the drivers.

An Oswego man was killed and another charged with drunken driving in an early morning accident on Route 71 Saturday, said.

The collision occurred at 2:21 a.m. on the roadway north of the intersection of Route 71 and Forest Avenue, police said. According to Chief Dwight Baird, the accident involved two cars striking a pedestrian, identified as Garrett Riotte, 22, of the 300 block of Prairieview Court.

Riotte was walking in a dark area of the roadway when he was struck by an eastbound car driven by Thomas Schillinger, 22, of the 200 block of Morgan Valley Drive in Oswego, Baird said.

The impact tossed Riotte into the westbound lane, Baird said, and into the path of two oncoming cars. One swerved and avoided striking Riotte, but the other, a car driven by Christopher Nevin, 25, of the 500 block of Heritage Drive in Oswego, collided with him, Baird said.

Riotte was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where he later died, police said.

Nevin was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content higher than .08, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Schillinger was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Portions of Route 71 were closed until around 10:30 a.m. The road has been reopened.

The crash remains under investigation, police said. The Oswego police were assisted by the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, the Oswego Fire Protection District and the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s office.

Andrea Moore June 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Prayers to all involved in this tragic accident. A.Moore
JS June 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Thank you so much for this comment. There is so much information everyone doesn't know, and yet are quick to jump in with comments. Any death is sad, regardless of the situation, but for many people, this tragedy is something that will be with them for the rest of their lives. Thoughts and prayers are much appreciated, but what would also be appreciated is if people who do not know what actually happened would cease the comments which point fingers. It’s hard enough to deal with this type of situation without people making assumptions. My thoughts and prayers are with all who were involved and their loved ones as well. Thank you all.
Zack Riefke June 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM
RIP Garrett. My thoughts are with you Grace. Zack Riefke
oswegoannie June 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Unless comments have been deleted, I see no one rushing to any judgment and the article clearly and fairly mentions both drivers who hit the young man and the order in which events occurred. sc1022 - you seem to be the only one jumping in with this perception that Mr. Nevin is to blame. I don't see any "blaming" in the article or in the community's comments of condolence, which seem more restrained than usual. To the Riottes, and especially Grace - you are in our hearts and prayers. We are sorry for the loss of Garrett.
Carrie Lindo June 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Thanks Ash for clearing that up to others!!!


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