A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally:
VINCENT MYERS SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CAUSING GREAT BODILY HARM
Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Vincent Myers, 47, was sentenced today to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for Driving Under the Influence Causing Great Bodily Harm.
In the early morning hours of September 6, 2015, Zachary Feltman, 18, Juan Martinez, 26, and Brandon Dominguez, 18, were driving near the intersection of Pyott and Algonquin Roads in Lake in the Hills.
The motorcycle ridden by Feltman began malfunctioning and broke down in the roadway.
Dominguez and Martinez, who were following Feltman in a Honda Civic, parked behind the motorcycle and turned the hazard lights on to warn any oncoming traffic.
Feltman and Martinez then began searching through the trunk of the Honda Civic to find something to help them tow the motorcycle off of the roadway.
While standing behind the car, Feltman and Martinez were struck from behind by Myers who was operating a Lincoln MKZ with a breath alcohol concentration of nearly twice the legal limit.
The impact of the collision threw both men from the crash site.
Martinez was airlifted to Advocate Condell Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery on his leftleg. After extraordinary efforts by the medical team, doctors were unable to save Martinez’s leg and it was amputated above the knee.
Feltman was originally taken by ambulance to Sherman Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital where he underwent numerous surgeries for injuries to his legs.
In the eighteen months since the crash, he has undergone sixteen surgeries and his right leg remains broken to this day.
Myers has been arrested for Driving Under the Influence on two prior occasions.
This case was investigated by the Lake in the Hills Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Lenhard.