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UPDATE: Glencoe man charged with reckless homicide in crash that killed newlywed

John Warsaw (Lincolnshire Police Department photo)

John Warsaw (Lincolnshire Police Department photo)

A Glencoe man is free on bond after being charged with reckless homicide in an alcohol-related accident in January that killed a newlywed bride, whose husband said he’s still reeling from his loss.

John S. Warsaw, 63, paid the required $50,000 on a $500,000 bond on May 17 and was released from Lake County jail. He is also charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after a Jan. 13 incident at Illinois Highway 21 and Aptakisic Road in Lincolnshire, when authorities say he drove into oncoming traffic.

Shruti Phadnis, 26, of Buffalo Grove, was the passenger of a car hit that was head-on, according to police. She died five days later at a Libertyville hospital from her injuries.

Her widower, Devang Vora, said in an interview that the couple had registered their marriage the day before the accident and were en route to have dinner together when Warsaw’s car veered into their lane.

Warsaw could not be reached for comment.

Lincolnshire Police Det. Adam Hyde said Warsaw’s blood alcohol content was more than 0.1 percent — higher than the legal maximum of .08 percent — and he had the prescription narcotic hydrocodone in his system, the generic name for Vicodin.

Hyde said Warsaw was trying to return home from an Elmhurst bar but got lost and ended up in Barrington before driving south when the accident happened.

Police received numerous 911 calls at about 8:50 p.m. Jan. 13, Hyde said. A Honda CRV, allegedly operated by Warsaw, was seen driving into a ditch before swerving into the median on Illinois Highway 22 in Buffalo Grove, where the vehicle hit a street sign, police said. It continued eastbound before turning south on Highway 21, where it was driving in northbound lanes before striking a Toyota Corolla, Hyde said.

The Corolla was pushed into the air and landed on the hood and windshield of a Jeep Grand Cherokee behind it. The drivers of the three vehicles were taken to area hospitals, Hyde said.

The Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County assisted the Lincolnshire Police Department with the investigation, and charges against Warsaw were approved Wednesday by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. The investigation showed that the vehicle allegedly driven by Warsaw was speeding, but he was not found to be talking or texting on a cell phone at the time of the incident, Hyde said.

Vora attended Warsaw’s court appearance, which brought back a flood of memories.

“It was difficult to see him in front of me for the first time,” Vora said.

The past few months have been a challenge, emotionally. The two had been living together in Buffalo Grove, but he’s since moved to Wheeling.

“Being with the person you love and knowing she’s not there — it’s definitely a heartbreaking time,” Vora said.

He required surgery to install a plate in his right arm.

“It was pretty tough times for me physically, too,” he said.


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