State Testing DNA Evidence in Fatal DUI
Prosecutors in the case against a 25-year-old man charged with reckless homicide for a DUI-related accident that killed a Lockport nurse said Tuesday they will be testing blood found at the scene.
Investigators will test blood found at the scene of a DUI-related accident that killed a Lockport nurse last summer for DNA evidence, prosecutors said during a hearing Tuesday.
Matthew Senica, 25, has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of aggravated DUI and one count of reckless homicide in connection with the July 8 accident that killed 51-year-old Heidi Roseen on her way to work as a nurse at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Police said Senica was driving back to Orland Park from what Senica told police was a night of drinking in Chicago. He was heading south on LaGrange Road, and drove through the red light at the intersection with 95th Street at well over 70 mph, according to police. Senica's Ford F150 truck reportedly struck Roseen's vehicle as she was en route to work. She was pronounced dead by fellow staff at Christ.
Senica remains in custody after his bond was set at $1 million.
He appeared at the hearing on Tuesday before Cook County Judge Carmen K. Aguilar in a Bridgeview courtroom. Standing next to his attorney Russell Miller and Miller's co-counsel, Colleen McSweeney Moore, Senica looked downward and didn't speak during the hearing.
Prosecutors told Aguilar that they will be testing blood found in the center console of a car at the scene of the accident, but didn't specify which vehicle. The state also gave notice that some of the DNA may be destroyed or "consumed" by the testing and the defense did not object.
As with the last hearing, the defense asked again about a reconstruction of the accident scene. Prosecutors responded that the reconstruction report was delayed in part by one of the investigators being out of state, but they have indicated the urgency of the request.
A status hearing has been set for March 8.
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