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Charges upgraded to felonies in fatal Oswego crash

Updated: December 24, 2012 7:07AM

YORKVILLE — An Oswego man is now facing felony charges for a crash that killed a 22-year-old man last June.

Kendall County prosecutors this week charged Christopher Nevin, 25, of the 500 block of Heritage Drive, with felony aggravated drunken driving leading to death, felony aggravated drunken driving leading to great bodily harm and felony leaving the scene of an accident.

Previously, Nevin had only been facing traffic citations in the crash that killed Oswego resident Garrett Riotte.

According to police, Riotte, of the 300 block of Prairieview Drive, was hit by two cars at 2:21 a.m. June 23 just north of Route 71 and Forest Avenue.

Police said that Riotte was walking in the middle of the eastbound lane when he was hit by a car driven by Thomas Schillinger, 22, of the 200 block of Morgan Valley Drive, Oswego. The force of the impact tossed Riotte into the westbound lane where a second vehicle narrowly missed him.

But a third car, driven by Nevin, hit him. Riotte was pronounced dead at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

A friend of the victim said Riotte was drinking with a group of people at an Oswego bar and was walking home when he was struck.

In June, both Nevin and Schillinger were charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Nevin was also charged with drunken driving, police said.

Schillinger and Nevin both had brief Kendall County court appearances Tuesday. Schillinger’s traffic case was continued to Dec. 18. Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said he does not expect any additional charges against Schillinger.

Bail for Nevin was set at $100,000. Weis said prosecutors pushed for a higher bail because Nevin is also facing drunken driving charges in DuPage County. At 2:34 a.m. Nov. 11, Nevin was charged with drunken driving, speeding and driving on a suspended license in the 700 block of Long Grove Drive, Aurora police said. He is scheduled to be in court on that case Dec. 11.

He is scheduled to be in Kendall County Court Wednesday on the felony drunken driving charges.

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