Good Samaritan killed by drink-driver


Timothy McShane

A US man has been killed by a drunk driver after he attempted to talk him out of driving away from a Chicago bar.

Shane Stokowski, 33, had been at the Aberdeen Tap bar early on Saturday evening when he spotted fellow drinker Timothy McShane unsteadily heading towards his car after being refused service by staff.

Following him into the car park, Mr Stokowski witnessed 42-year-old McShane get into an SUV and hit several parked cars while trying to leave.

Leaning into the driver's side window in an attempt to persuade McShane to get out of the car, Mr Stotowski was dragged along for nearly a quarter of a mile before he fell from the car and struck his head on the pavement.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that he was taken to hospital where he died as a result of blunt force trauma.

McShane, who is currently banned from driving and has previous convictions for drink driving, did not stop or contact police following the incident and instead drove to his girlfriend's house and went to sleep.

When he was woken up by police later that evening, he told them that Mr Stokowski had tried to attack and rob him and that he had driven off in fear.

McShane was taken into custody where he was found to be twice over the state's drink-drive limit, some 8 hours after the fatal collision.

He has been remanded in custody, charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Mr Stokowski, who was engaged to be married, will be buried later this week.