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Manhattan Man in Fatal Car Accident Identified

Manhattan resident Jake Stevens, 22, died in a Frankfort Township car accident. New Lenox man Kevin Krohn was driving the vehicle, and police suspect alcohol was involved in the crash.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the fatal car accident that killed a Manhattan man Saturday while the driver, a New Lenox man, escaped. 

The accident occurred about 3:45 a.m. Aug. 25 in Frankfort Township. The passenger, 22-year-old Jake Stevens of Manhattan, died as a result of burns. 

Stevens was a passenger in a car driven by Kevin Krohn, 22, of New Lenox, when the vehicle went off the road and hit an obstruction. The car burst into flames, said Kathy Hoffmeyer, Will County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. 

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Stevens' identity wasn't determined immediately, Hoffmeyer said. The Will County Coroner's Office identified Stevens through his dental records.

According to police, Krohn, who was wearing a seatbelt, managed to escape the car and crawl away. He suffered a broken leg and was treated at  in New Lenox.

An unidentified witness spotted the blaze and called 911. The Frankfort Fire Protection District doused the fire at 104th Avenue and Steger Road. Sheriff's deputies talked to Krohn at the hospital. He reportedly told them that he jerked the steering wheel and lost control of the vehicle.

Krohn was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Sheriff's police suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident. The accident remains under investigation.

Stevens was a 2008 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School. 

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at St. Joseph Church, 235 W. North St. in Manhattan. Burial will be at 10 a.m. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan. 

Read Stevens' full obituary on the Forsythe Funeral Home website.

lisa stevens September 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
√ does not follow directions √ does not play well withothers
defending the innocent September 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Lisa, sorry for the loss of your family member. There is a bunch of people who do not want to forget what happened....we are very mad and want to voice our opinion about drinking and driving. Jake may have been related to you, but he was also a friend to many. Putting check marks 'does not follow directions' to insult those defending the innocent that died...and I do mean innocent. It does not matter that Jake was intoxicated. It is the responsibility of the driver not to drive. Making the decision to drink and be a passenger in a car is not a crime. What happened is NOT ok with a lot of us. This wasn't a 'one time' go out and get drunk and just happened to get into a accident...this was a nightly thing for Kevin and it was tolerated by his family that let him come stumbling in night after night. It was just a matter of time. Many of us just want justice, thats all. If that means that 'we don't play well with others' then so be it. No one needs to make any excuses for Kevin or anyone else that decides to drink and drive. It is called "ACCOUNTABILITY" for your actions.
lisa stevens September 05, 2012 at 12:00 AM
defending the innocent, I understand all too well about this justice and accountability you speak of. I just don't happen to think hashing it out in a public forum is a productive pursuit. Do you?? Will this exchange of hateful words and thoughts presented before my original post change anything? I think not. It's just a forum for anonymous people to express their opinion. Will we get justice by expressing this?? Will Kevin be held accountable by these opinions?? If you or anyone else here really want to be helpful please channel your energies to an organization such ad MADD http://www.madd.org/about-us/mission/ or the DUI Foundation http://www.duifoundation.org/support/awareness/. Donate, volunteer, educate, push for tougher DUI legislation ...but by all means please do not do so under the cloak of anonymity. These days it is all to easy to blow off a few paragraphs without doing so. We need people to stand up for their convictions. And for the record, it's NOT ok with us either. Not only will Kevin pay for what he has done.....he will live with it also.
Mokena Resident September 10, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I don't think either of the 2 involved are victims. Chances are both were drunk and made a dumb decision (If Jake was sober then it was even more dumb). Kevin is the type of kid to be easily peer pressured, so it is possible he was even coerced into driving. I don't think it would be right to place the blame solely on him, as Jake obviously made a reckless decision as well by riding along. Sure it might not be illegal to ride with somebody while intoxicated, but it doesn't make it right. Regardless, it is sad to see 2 guys this young die and end up in jail.
mario78 September 23, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Rip n@@@er lips. U were a cool dude.

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