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Mokena Man Charged in Double-Fatal DUI: UPDATED

Joseph Slattery, 25, has been charged with six counts of aggravated driving under the influence, Sun-Times Media is reporting.

Update: According to the Illinois Victim Notification System, Joseph Slattery bonded out of the Will County Jail before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. His next court date is Sept. 19.

Joseph Slattery, 25, of Mokena, had drugs and alcohol in his system and a 1-year-old in his car when he crashed into an oncoming car Sunday night, killing two senior citizens, according to a report by Sun-Times Media.

According to the Sun-Times report, Slattery was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier south on U.S. 45 near Peotone with a 24-year-old female and a 1-year-old male passenger on Sunday. Shortly before 8 p.m., he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a northbound 2004 Cavalier, the report said.

Margaret Simons, 72, of Rolling Meadows, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 10 p.m., the Will County Coroner's Office said.

According to the Sun-Times report, Simons' 92-year-old passenger, Suzanne Thomson, was pronounced dead at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. Another 42-year-old passenger suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries, an officer said.

The Will County State's Attorney's Office could not be immediately reached for comment Monday night.

Illinois State Police are investigating.

This story will be updated as it develops.

Paul Dailing September 15, 2011 at 05:40 PM
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Kendall September 19, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Well, your right. People should mind their own business, but unfortunately once it's released into the public it is everyone's business. I think that's something you need to keep in mind. Your also right about the only people who were involved know what truly happened, but unfortunately in a situation like this it doesn't matter. Does it matter what EVERYONE else did or is going to do? No, it doesn't. We aren't looking at everyone else here, just the directly involved. Prescription drugs or not is not even a question...Point of that is even if it was prescribed; drugs of that class are strong enough to impair driving or any task that takes a bit focusing. There are quite a few previous offenses that are going to play into the charges of this man. That's the way some judges work; as well as the jury. This isnt a judgement call.
Mad Dad September 19, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I wish Pamela was my Insurance Agent.
Paul Dailing September 19, 2011 at 03:16 PM
I would once again like to remind those commenting on this article that this crash destroyed two families and impacted everyone who knew both parties. Comments sniping about grammar or making threats against people who lost those they care about are inappropriate here. I had to delete several more comments violating our terms of use today. I realize emotions are high, but out of respect for the people who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones, please don't use the anonymity of the Internet to hide things you wouldn't say to a person's face. Paul Dailing Editor, Mokena Patch
Oh Please September 24, 2011 at 12:19 PM
@ Sandy, He might as well have pulled the trigger of a gun by getting in and driving a car with drugs and alcohol in his sytem...yes it is murder.
Oh Please September 26, 2011 at 04:06 AM
Sandy, you sure are defending this guy pretty heavily...how are you related to him? You said not to judge because the woman driver may have had bad eyesight or some other medical condition>>>how, pray tell does her eyesight make him cross the center line? How would a medical condition the she may or may not have had cause him to cross the center line? That’s just ludicrous. You also state that " I am sure that when he left with his child in the car he did not INTEND to murder 2 innocent people nor put his son in danger" How did he not intentionally put his son in danger by driving under the influence not only alcohol but drugs also
Suzy Simons September 29, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Thank you. Who in their right mind would threaten us???? Luckily I didn't catch that. Some people are so heartless.
Suzy Simons September 29, 2011 at 03:21 AM
Yeah, You also have to remember these people left these comments a few days after the fact. Let them defend their family, that just shows us where they stand on the issue. If anyone was sorry for their actions they, themselves, would say it out loud to us. All of you are making it worse by speaking for him. Meanwhile my family still grieves heavily, not a day goes by that I don't wish that I could call my grandma's house and find them there. I won't though. You know what it is to lose sleep every night, knowing that the person that has practically raised you, who brought the family together for EVERY occasion, is gone. And without any warning at all. I stand by what I originally said, Slattery will serve his time and be free. My family will be missing 2 people forever.
Suzy Simons October 03, 2011 at 04:55 PM
You have a lot of nerve. So instead of having Slattery take the blame, as he rightfully should, not only are you going to defend him, but you're going to turn this around on the victims. You're blaming the people who lost their lives, who are not here to defend themselves. I can see you have no respect for human life, especially when you refer to my dead grandma as "the old lady."
jackie simons October 11, 2011 at 04:41 PM
i could care less about what anyone thinks i miss my grandma and great grandma and this man was wrong for what he did end of story.
John Doh February 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
none of you know anything.... his blood work came in and his alocohol level was .005...hmmmm can you say a drink with family to celebrate a birthday... also the "drugs" was a vicoden taken 2days prior to accident for a back problem he has..a vicoden last up to 3days in system btw.. and he is a wonderful person and father.. yea he might as well went out bought a gun and shoot two people.. then i could understand the anger and hate ya'll have towards this.."monster" of person..this was a freak accident..how do you know he wasnt tryiong to give his kid a bottle to stop him from crying??? it is a very sad sad situation and Mr.Slattery and his family are deeply sorry and have to live with that for the rest of their lives...Things like this happen every day! its hard to loose people and feel sorry for the victims family..how were they? they lived their lives and are in a better place..Mr.Slattery on the other hand has his whole life a head of him..whats left of..it..hard to get job im sure cant drive ever again.having to live with people talking bad.etc etc o and by the way he still has a kid....
John Hokins February 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
none of you know anything.... his blood work came in and his alocohol level was .005...hmmmm can you say a drink with family to celebrate a birthday... also the "drugs" was a vicoden taken 2days prior to accident for a back problem he has..a vicoden last up to 3days in system btw.. and he is a wonderful person and father.. yea he might as well went out bought a gun and shoot two people.. then i could understand the anger and hate ya'll have towards this.."monster" of person..this was a freak accident..how do you know he wasnt tryiong to give his kid a bottle to stop him from crying??? it is a very sad sad situation and Mr.Slattery and his family are deeply sorry and have to live with that for the rest of their lives...Things like this happen every day! its hard to loose people and feel sorry for the victims family..how were they? they lived their lives and are in a better place..Mr.Slattery on the other hand has his whole life a head of him..whats left of..it..hard to get job im sure cant drive ever again.having to live with people talking bad.etc etc o and by the way he still has a kid....
Heather DeVries Ferraro February 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
See people are to quick to judge and comment before the "true" facts come out!!
Suzy Simons March 01, 2012 at 04:15 PM
If he is so sorry then where is our apology? Whether he was drunk or NOT he killed my grandmother and great grandmother! Not once has he said sorry to our family. He's has the chance he has seen us in court! You want everyone to feel sorry for the Slattery family. What about us? I am 22 years old and I don't understand half of the things I've seen. None of you have any idea what we've been through! They lived their lives???? Who are you to be the judge of that? Don't you understand how much all of this hurts the Simons and Thompson family? John Hokins you make this seem like Joseph is the victim here, but I don't feel sorry for him. No one should ever see their Grandma and Great Grandma the way I've seen, before we buried them. SO PLEASE, stop trying to get sympathy. You have NO idea what living in pain is. If he is so sorry let him say it himself, otherwise it means NOTHING. Put yourself in our shoes that was my dad's mother and grandmother. What if someone did this to your mother? I doubt you would be so understanding. You claim that no one here knows the facts, but you have forgotten that their is a whole other side to this story. It just seems like Slattery supporters don't care about who they hurt with their comments. You all say bad things about two people who can't defend themselves! ~Suzanne Irene Simons (ssimons89)
Suzy Simons March 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
If he is so sorry then where is our apology? Whether he was drunk or NOT he killed my grandmother and great grandmother! Not once has he said sorry to our family. He's has the chance he has seen us in court! You want everyone to feel sorry for the Slattery family. What about us? I am 22 years old and I don't understand half of the things I've seen. None of you have any idea what we've been through! They lived their lives???? Who are you to be the judge of that? Don't you understand how much all of this hurts the Simons and Thompson family? John Hokins you make this seem like Joseph is the victim here, but I don't feel sorry for him. No one should ever see their Grandma and Great Grandma the way I've seen, before we buried them. SO PLEASE, stop trying to get sympathy. You have NO idea what living in pain is. If he is so sorry let him say it himself, otherwise it means NOTHING. Put yourself in our shoes that was my dad's mother and grandmother. What if someone did this to your mother? I doubt you would be so understanding. You claim that no one here knows the facts, but you have forgotten that their is a whole other side to this story. It just seems like Slattery supporters don't care about who they hurt with their comments. You all say bad things about two people who can't defend themselves! ~Suzanne Irene Simons (ssimons89)
John March 01, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Suzy, when will you have a resolution to this terriable accident? Has the court indicated what type of punishment that he will face, and when he will have to serve that punishment? This seems to be taking quite a long time.
Suzy Simons March 01, 2012 at 04:29 PM
PS: If the state didn't have some sort of proof of his guilt, they wouldn't be pushing through with the charges. Oh, and even if they were prescribed, anyone who takes medications such as those, is not supposed to drink AT ALL on them. IF in fact he did turn to give the baby a bottle, then how come the crash report taken by police says Joseph didn't remember hitting anything or anyone? If they had nothing on him they wouldn't be trying to charge him with it.
Suzy Simons March 01, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I don't know. I am not sure of anything anymore. I've heard from one woman from Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists that this process can take a while. All I know is that every time I go to a pretrial hearing and see Joseph Slattery, it hurts all over again. It's another reminder of what happened, and that I will never see the two people I love ever again. I hope this will all be resolved soon.
Jonathan Thompkins October 17, 2012 at 08:58 PM
When is he going to serve time for this?
Jonathan Thompkins October 17, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I have him on my facebook and I always see him posting things about working, but do not see anything about him going to jail!
Anna Schier October 17, 2012 at 09:31 PM
John Doe, Your comment contained profanity and personal attacks, which does not align with Patch's commenting policy. Please refrain from swearing when posting on Patch. Thank you, Anna
Question November 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Is this the same Joseph slattery whose town home on kenmare circle in manhattan is in foreclosure?
Jonathan Thompkins November 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Yes, this is the same person.
Jonathan Thompkins November 24, 2012 at 12:54 AM
It totaly is the same person, I live on that street, which is how I know.
John Doe March 25, 2013 at 06:40 PM
is there an update to this story?
Suzy Simons April 10, 2013 at 04:49 AM
There really is no update as of right now. It has been a long, and painful journey. I can tell you though, that we seem to be close to some sort of resolution.
Jonathan Thompkins July 08, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I believe that he has been sentenced does anyone know for how long, and exactly what he was found guilty of?
Suzy Simons July 08, 2013 at 11:17 PM
He hasn't been sentenced yet, that won't happen until later this month.
Taxpayer July 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM
First of all Im sorry for you familys loss! But I worked with this young man, for a long time a few years before this happened! He is a kind decent kid!! He made a mistake, it was an accident!! We all will be judged in the end. I did read comments, blood alchol, not a lot in his system. Also it is true drugs do stay in your bloodstream for a lomg time! GOOGLE IT! He pled guilty! He could have dragged this out for years, with going to trail, with some high payed attorneys, but he pled guilty! What more do you want from him, he will go to jail, does that bring anyone back? Like I said I know this kid, Im old enough to be his mother. He does have a heart, and has been hurting over this for a long time! Are all of you perfect?? Never made a bad choice?> Never made a mistake? A little forgiveness goes a long way!! Belive me My family is trying to forgive someone who pulled out and hit a family member on his Harley and almost killed him!! But we do understand it was just an ACCIDENT!
Suzy Simons October 30, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Hey tax payer, he did drag this out for almost 2 years. Just because you worked with him, and know what the article tells you, does not mean you understand the case. How do I know all of this? Oh because I am the grandchild of the women he killed, and I attended well over 20 court dates. Each one a constant reminder of the horrible crash, that took my Grandma and Great Grandma's lives! Now imagine if someone (having had a BAC over the legal limit) plowed head on into 2 people you loved? I don't wish that kind of pain on anyone. There is no victory here. No body wins. The Slattery's lose a son for the next 12 years, and my family lost two amazing women FOREVER. I understand that people make mistakes, but for every action there is a consequence.

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