Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Tragic Accident at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago

A beautiful campus in a heavily wooded area, a narrow winding road...I'll bet a deer is involved in the swerving (not mentioned in the story but when I was there a few years ago the place was crawling with deer by the roadside).

From Two seminary students killed in car accident:

A seminary student from Wyoming was charged Friday in the deaths of two fellow
students who were killed when the car they were riding in crashed into a tree at
the University of St. Mary by the Lake in this northern Chicago suburb, police
said.

Prosecutors have charged Robert Spaulding, 27, of Evansville,
Wyo., with reckless homicide and driving under the influence, Mundelein Police
Sgt. John Monahan said.

Matthew Molnar, 28, of Overland Park, Kan., died
early Thursday at an area hospital after the car Spaulding was driving lost
control and smashed into a tree around 1:45 a.m., Monahan said. Fellow passenger
Jared Cheek, 23, of St. Marys, Kan., died of his injuries Friday morning, he
said.

Authorities charged a fourth passenger, 36-year-old seminary
student Mark Rowlands of Columbus, Ohio, with impersonating a police officer and
aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after authorities found a handgun and old
deputy badges inside the car, Monahan said.
Archdiocese of Chicago
spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said the students were driving back from having dinner
at a restaurant when the car's driver lost control of the vehicle when he
swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Molnar and Cheek were sitting in the back seat
and were ejected from the car, Dolan said.

'This seems to have been more
of a freak accident,' she said.