Kirchner Defense Expert Allowed Access to Evidence to Test Samples Taken after Fatal Accident


Justin Kirchner’s Defense won the Motion to Produce Evidence to allow the Expert hired by Attorney Vandersnick to test samples taken after the accident that killed Jeanne Johnson on Highway 78 North of Annawan on September 8, 2022.  Mr. Kirchner was allowed to leave the scene of the accident with his father after providing a statement to police.  After emergency vehicles left, Accident reconstruction determined that Justin Kirchner’s statement was not accurate.  Accident reconstruction showed that Justin Kirchner drove into the Northbound lane striking the vehicle driving by 53-year-old Jeanne Johnson, causing her death.  Mr. Kirchner was later read his Miranda Rights and transported to Hammond Henry Hospital by Trooper Lambin for blood and urine samples.  After the urine test returned positive for Methamphetamine, Kirchner was charged with Aggravated DUI causing a Death (Class 2 Felony).

The Secretary of State of Illinois can take administrative action on a person’s driving privileges if the person fails chemical testing or refuses to submit to chemical test following an arrest for driving under the influence.  Attorney Vandersnick filed a motion to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension by the Secretary of State.  State’s Attorney Runty filed a Motion to Dismiss Attorney Vandersnick’s Motion to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension.  The State also filed a Verified Complaint for Breach of Bail Bond against Mr. Kirchner.  Attorney Vandersnick requested more time to work on the motions.  The Motions regarding the Statutory Summary Suspension and Breach of Bail Bond will be heard on March 14, 2023, at 10:30 AM.  Read more here.

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