A Calumet City man was arrested in connection with the death of a 31-year-old man who was killed in a traffic crash 18 months ago on Interstate 80, police said.
Carrifthian N. Lester, 38, of the 500 block of Oglesby Avenue, was arrested Tuesday on charges of failure to report an accident that involved personal injury or death and failure to stop after an accident that involved personal injury or death, according to an Illinois State Police news release.
Following a lengthy investigation, Lester was identified by state police as the driver who was involved in a crash that resulted in the death of Aaron M. Scofield, police said. The crash occurred at about 4 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2018 in the eastbound lanes of I-80 in the area of Interstate 355, police said.
In May, state police investigators were requested to investigate the circumstances of two crashes in order to identity an “unknown offender” whose vehicle had come in contact with Scofield’s vehicle, police said.
On Aug. 14, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the charges against Lester, who was taken into custody by state police on Tuesday. Lester was booked into the Will County jail, where he is being held on a $150,000 bond.
The state police previously said a 43-year-old Joliet man was driving a 2005 Toyota 4Runner in the center eastbound lane of I-80 when he swerved to avoid Scofield's 2011 Kia Soul, which was stopped and facing north without any lights on.
The front of the Toyota struck the front driver's side of the Kia, ejecting Scofield, police said.
Scofield's stepfather, Jim Brodnicki, said he suspected there was another vehicle involved in the incident based on the position of his son's car after the accident.