Drunk found guilty of killing man who tried to stop him from driving

A Park Ridge man was found guilty Friday of driving drunk and killing the man who had tried to keep him from getting behind the wheel.

Timothy McShane had been drinking at the Aberdeen Tap on Chicago's Near West Side. Shane Stokowski saw him head for his car, and followed him outside. Stokowski was hanging onto the driver's window frame, urging McShane not to drive, when McShane took off, dragging Stokowski three quarters of a block.

When Stokowski fell to the pavement, he was run over by McShane's SUV. McShane later claimed that Stokowski tried to rob and beat him before he drove away.

Judge Lawrence Flood concluded the evidence proved otherwise, and on Friday found McShane guilty.

"Shane gave his life trying to stop this guy. and now it's come to a conclusion," said the victim's father, Jeff Stokowski.

Stokowski, 33, was a production artist living in Bucktown. Family and friends from his hometown of Peoria filled the courtroom . Many were wearing T-shirts showing Stokowski with his fiancee Erin.

"This process has been two years, and it's just now coming to an end. It's been long," the victim's mother, Chris Stokowski said.

The victim's siblings are still mourning the future they thought they would all have together.

"I went from having to write a best man's speech to having to give the eulogy at my brother's funeral," said Patrick Stokowski.

"You expect to be with your siblings for the rest of your life.You prepeare yourself that someday your parents are gong to be gone. You don't ever expect to have to prepare for your sibling not being there," said Sheila Stokowski.

McShane was a construction worker.  He has a history of traffic violations and DUI's, and had recently enrolled in alcoholics anonymous. He faces a sentence of up to 29 years. His bond was revoked Friday and he was taken into custody after he was found guilty.
 

Timothy McShane had been drinking at the Aberdeen Tap on Chicago's Near West Side. Shane Stokowski saw him head for his car, and followed him outside. Stokowski was hanging onto the driver's window frame, urging McShane not to drive, when McShane took off, dragging Stokowski three quarters of a block.

When Stokowski fell to the pavement, he was run over by McShane's SUV. McShane later claimed that Stokowski tried to rob and beat him before he drove away.

Judge Lawrence Flood concluded the evidence proved otherwise, and on Friday found McShane guilty.

"Shane gave his life trying to stop this guy. and now it's come to a conclusion," said the victim's father, Jeff Stokowski.

Stokowski, 33, was a production artist living in Bucktown. Family and friends from his hometown of Peoria filled the courtroom . Many were wearing T-shirts showing Stokowski with his fiancee Erin.

"This process has been two years, and it's just now coming to an end. It's been long," the victim's mother, Chris Stokowski said.

The victim's siblings are still mourning the future they thought they would all have together.

"I went from having to write a best man's speech to having to give the eulogy at my brother's funeral," said Patrick Stokowski.

"You expect to be with your siblings for the rest of your life.You prepeare yourself that someday your parents are gong to be gone. You don't ever expect to have to prepare for your sibling not being there," said Sheila Stokowski.

McShane was a construction worker.  He has a history of traffic violations and DUI's, and had recently enrolled in alcoholics anonymous. He faces a sentence of up to 29 years. His bond was revoked Friday and he was taken into custody after he was found guilty.
 

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