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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hillsideman Indicted in Traffic Fatality

WHEATON – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Michael A. Kainz, 21 (d.o.b. 4/26/1990) of Hillside has been indicted on two counts of Aggravated DUI of Drugs for his role in a traffic crash that caused the death of Robert J. Lash, 46, of Itasca.

On November 30, 2010 at approximately 6:45 a.m., Kainz was traveling northbound on Addison Road in Addison. As Kainz turned left onto Michael Lane, he struck Lash who was riding a motorcycle southbound on Addison Road. Lash was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he passed away from traumatic head injuries. An investigation into the crash led by the Addison Police Department determined that at the time of the crash, Kainz had cannabis in his system.

“Driving with any amount of cannabis in your system is illegal,” Berlin said. “Cannabis can remain in your system for days after consumption and while the driver of a vehicle may not feel impaired, they will be held responsible and face significant consequences if it is determined that their driving caused injury or death to another and they had any amount of cannabis in their system at the time of the crash. I would like to thank the Addison Police Department, particularly Detective Roy Selvik, for their thorough investigation into the crash as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Knight for his efforts in this case.”

Aggravated DUI of Drugs is a Special Class 2 Felony which, while probationable, carries a sentence of up to three to fourteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In addition, Kainz also faces one count of Failure to Yield the Right of Way.

This afternoon, Judge Brian Diamond issued a $250,000 arrest warrant with 10% to apply for Kainz.