VIEWER DISCRETION: Reckless driver’s mother arrives and enters perimeter of secured crash scene about 2:00 a.m. Friday, and about five hours after her son and three other people were killed in a head-on crash on Northwest Highway.
Just before 2:00 a.m. Friday February 17, 2017 at the accident scene where Piotr Rog’s Mercedes Benz and a Chevrolet Impala were totaled, Piotr Rog’s mother arrived on the scene where three members of an innocent family were killed in their Chevrolet Impala. Rog was killed at the scene. While police were investigating the crash, Piotr Rog’s mother crossed the yellow police perimeter tape, and attempted to enter the secured crash scene where her son’s Mercedes Benz was wrecked. The grieving mother shoved a police officer who was politely holding her back. Her son’s body was no longer at the scene, but it is unknown if she was aware of the location of her son’s body, which took about 15 minutes to extricate from the wrecked Mercedes Benz.
Within 24 hours of a reckless driving crash that killed the reckless driver and three members of an Arlington Heights family on Northwest Highway in Des Plaines, the ABC 7 I-Team went to work and found driver Piotr Rog had a history of high speed violations and multiple driver’s license suspensions.
Des Plaines police say that before Piotr Rog crashed head-on with a Chevrolet Impala, the Mercedes Benz C-Class he was driving was traveling over 100 MPH. After the crash, momentum of the high speed of the Mercedes pushed both vehicles about 78 yard (234 feet) in the opposite direction that the Chevrolet Impala was traveling. The force of the crash killed Piotr Rog in his Mercedes Benz and three family members inside the Impala.
Analysis of Piotr Rog’s driving record might have predicted a serious crash in his future. One of Rog’s speeding tickets in 2015, occurred about six weeks after he purchased a Mercedes C Class sedan, which was the killer vehicle he drove over 100 mph in a 40 mph zone near Lattof YMCA and an apartment complex.
The Cardinal also found that on August 22, 2017 Rog was age 20, and living on the 1100 block of South 6th Avenue, Des Plaines, when was charged with speeding 26-34 mph over the limit. The traffic stop for the speeding offense occurred in the 4700 block of West Lake Avenue, Glenview. He posted his driver’s license as bond.
The I-Team found that Rog had multiple convictions during his short life with a driver’s his license. Three of Piotr Rog’s suspensions occurred because of too many violations in a short time, and the I-Team learned his license was suspended a fourth time last October due to an underage alcohol violation. His license was just reinstated from that suspension on January 9, 2017. Toxicology tests will determine if Rog was under the influence during the fatal crash on February 16, 2017.
Piotr Rog’s state driving record, obtained by the I-Team, showed numerous moving violations for speeding well above the posted limit, running a red light and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. NBC 5’s investigation found ten violations since 2011, including speeding, failure to reduce speed, and improper lane usage. NBC 5 found that Rog’s last traffic stop was in May 2016.
Piotr Rog’s Facebook page showed an obsession with speed, high-speed cars and motorcycles. A previously used facebook profile picture simply showed the phrase “Smoke Tyres, Not Drugs,” which is a popular saying for street racers.
Also according to his Facebook page, Rog left Maine West High School in September 2013 and started school at Oakton Community College on March 22, 2015. His bio information stated that he previously worked at O’Hare Airport, and was currently self-employed.
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