Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Plainfield Crash

David Dietrich of Shorewood was drunk when he struck Naperville motorcyclist George Weikum on Route 59.

A Shorewood man pleaded guilty this week in a Plainfield DUI crash that killed a motorcyclist.

David C. Dietrich, 33, admitted Tuesday to aggravated DUI in the death of George Weikum, 58, a Naperville resident and Plainfield business owner.

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Weikum died on Oct. 8, 2011, when Dietrich lost control of his pickup truck , crossed the center line and struck Weikum, who was riding his Harley-Davidson north on Route 59 between 135th Street and 143rd Street, police said.


On Tuesday, Dietrich appeared in Will County court to enter a guilty plea, admitting he was drunk when he struck the Naperville husband and father. He faces three to 14 years in prison for the crime.

According to prosecutors, Dietrich had been drinking at a golf outing fundraiser at Tamarack Golf Club in Naperville for a youth baseball league prior to the Plainfield crash.

Earlier this month, Weikum’s wife and daughter filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dietrich, along with the Victory Baseball 9U Victory Gold team and Tamarack Golf Club.

Following the 2011 crash, Dietrich was treated for injuries at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center before being arrested and charged with aggravated DUI, improper lane use, driving too fast for conditions and operating an uninsured vehicle. 

The Weikum family’s lawsuit seeks $50,000 on each count plus legal fees.


Dietrich, who is still being held at the Will County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, is due back in court for sentencing on Dec. 21.


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T-Bone October 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I agree! Once the Lawyers take their 50% what is $50,000 going to do for the family? I guess it comes down to, You can squeeze blood from a turnup so you need to sue for what they can pay...
Jerry October 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
True, T-Bone, but you can always negotiate down and settle for less. I have never heard of anyone suing for so little in a wrongful death case.
Lee October 27, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I assume your speaking about the bartender serving Dietrich, who, in your words, was "obviously drunk". I'm not sticking up for Dietrich, but how do you know he was obviously drunk? Story says he was drinking. I'm only saying this because you sound as though your ready to hang the bartender as well. How do you know he was even sitting inside the clubhouse drinking at the bar? There's some questions here that aren't answered, and can't be by us. I'm sure these type things will surface at the deposition stage and further. And yes, I agree that the baseball club shouldn't have any part of this when the case is reviewed by a judge ether.
Brandon October 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
He didn't have to be drunk when he started. Under Illinois Dram Shop law, if a bartender or even a waiter/waitress served someone, and that person then causes an accident and kills someone, the person who served them last can be held personally responsible. Even if they didn't cause them to be drunk, they added to it. If the team made alcohol available as an open bar, they can be found to be partially responsible as well. This is why most groups like this only offer a cash bar, if one at all. It could help them in court if he had to buy the drinks himself.
Herm October 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
If this guy had somehow killed someone before he got in his vehicle, what would his sentence be? You can tell he is a very responsible citizen, because his vehicle was not insured either. When is the legal system going to bring the consequences up to the gravity of the crime? Just because you are drunk when you run over someone, you don't get the sentence a guy would get who is caught with drugs in his car. When you make unwise (stupid) decisions and someone dies because of it, you should get a much stronger sentence. You have affected an extended family, let alone stopped forever, an innocent person who was just out enjoyiing a ride on his cycle. "START SEEING MOTORCYCLES" Of course, this assumes that you can see the dashboard of your 'pick-up truck', let alone the road and other vehicles!!!!!


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