The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

PRESS RELEASE

Friday, March 29, 2013

Hillside Man Sentenced to Three Years in Fatal DUI

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Michael A. Kainz, 22 (d.o.b. 4/26/1990) of Hillside has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for causing a traffic crash that caused the death of Robert J. Lash, 46, of Itasca. On November 2, 2012, Kainz entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated DUI Causing Death in front of Judge Blanche Fawell, who handed down today’s sentence. 

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 pulled in front of Lash who, while riding a motorcycle southbound on Addison Road, crashed into Kainz’s vehicle. 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. 

 “Operating a motor vehicle with any amount of cannabis in your system is illegal,” Berlin said. “Cannabis can remain in your system for days after consumption. If it is proven that the driver of a vehicle had any amount of cannabis in their system and that their driving caused injury or death to another, as we saw in this case, they will face significant amount of time behind bars. My sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Lash for their loss. 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 Attorneys Mary K. Cronin and Jennifer Graham for their efforts in this case.”