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Timothy Salvesen Charged with Leaving Scene of Fatal Crash That Killed Joseph Paliokaitis & Migdalia Bloch

Wed October 19 2011 12:03 pm
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Golf Road (Route 58) near the scene of a fatal head-on crash.

On Thursday, January 27, 2011, Migdalia Bloch, 62, of Hoffman Estates, was reported dead at the scene in a fiery head-on collision on Golf Road near Barrington Road that also killed Joseph Paliokaitis, 32, who was transported to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, and pronounced dead at 8:11 p.m. Bloch’s Hyundai, burst into flames in the crash. Paliokaitis was ejected from his Jaguar.

Almost nine months later, Hoffman Estates police and Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Maria McCarthy have announced charges against Timothy Salvesen, 37, who is reported to have allegedly been involved in a spontaneous drag racing incident prior to the crash. Salvesen, of Wheaton, is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and aggravated street racing. Witnesses called police to report reckless driving complaints prior to the crash.

Witnesses reported Salvesen was driving a Subaru Impreza when he engaged in a race with Paliokaitis at speeds estimated to be 80 to 90 mph westbound on Golf Road. A witness behind the vehicles took a cellphone picture of Salvesen’s car, including the license plate, while waiting at a stoplight. Next, Salvesen and Paliokaitis raced off at the stoplight, when Paliokaitis lost control while passing a van, rolled over, and crashed head-on into Bloch’s eastbound 2001 Hyundai. Salvesen allegedly fled the scene in his 2002 Subaru Impreza.

Large pieces of vehicle debris were scattered near the scene on Golf Road about 200 or 300 yards west of the intersection of Golf Road and Bartlett Road.

The crash was located in a sparse area that is near the middle of the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve. The area is sparsely populated with Schaumburg Road and Bode Road bordering the south, the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway purchased by the Canadian National Railway to the west, the Northwest Tollway to the north, and Barrington Road to the east. Golf Road cuts through the middle of the forest preserve as a rural type of highway with only two lanes, except for additional turn lanes at the intersection of Bartlett Road. The speed limit is 55 mph.

The severity of the crash, the remote location of the crash, the report of a fleeing third vehicle involved in the crash, and an intriguing license plate description of the fleeing vehicle (the license plates were military or government plates), gave Hoffman Estates police investigators an interesting investigation.

Hoffman Estates police reported that the driver of the Jaguar was ejected during the crash and transported to St. Alexius Medical Center, where he died later. Migdalia Bloch, was trapped in her Hyundai, which burst into flames in the crash. She was dead at the scene. A blue tarp covered one of the vehicles.

A third person was reported to be injured and transported to St. Alexius Medical Center. There is no confirmation that a third person was transported to the hospital.

There was also a report that a third vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene. Immediately after the crash, police were searching for a male driver of a 2002 blue Subaru 4-door that was last seen fleeing westbound on Golf Road. The driver was wanted for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The vehicle and a subject were in police custody about 10:45 pm. Thursday. However, the police had not charged the driver, and the crash was not being investigated as a hit-and-run. Bartlett police had checked the address matching the license plates on Salveson’s car after the crash and noted that the car matching the description involved in the drag racing was parked in Salveson’s driveway.

Golf Road was blocked for a prolonged period at Bartlett Road and at Sutton Road (Route 59) during the crash investigation.

Streamwood police assisted Hoffman Estates police at the crash scene.

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