An 82 year old Catholic nun was driving through the intersection of 102nd and Kedvale on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. when she alleged she was the victim of a hit and run driver.
The nun said that the intersection was clear when she entered and was almost through the intersection when a hard charging Nissan heading westbound on 102nd street ran into the rear right tire are of her Chevy and allegedly took off.
The driver of the other vehicle, Dominyk Merkelis, allegedly fled the scene without exchanging information or before even checking if there were any injuries to the other driver.
A witness claimed that while walking his dog, he witnessed the whole incident. He alleged that the Nissan was driving at a high rate of speed after turning from Pulaski Avenue and heading westbound on 102nd Street. The witness told the police that the Nissan engine was loud and he estimated the speed on the side street at 40 miles per hour as it passed him at the intersection of 102nd and Komensky.
The witness said he hear a loud collision and saw both cars in the middle of the street near 102nd and Kedvale.
While Merkelis is the driver of the car, he is not the owner. When he showed up at the owner’s house, in Oak Lawn, the owner of the car called the police. The police went to the residence and spoke with Merkelis and the owner of the car.
Merkelis claimed he was driving slowly but allegedly admitted to striking the nun’s car. He allegedly told the police that he didn’t report the accident or render first aid because the car wasn’t his car and he wanted to get home first. The owner of the car said she called and reported the accident because Merkelis did not do so.
Merkelis, a 23 year old white male, with a Palos Hills address, was arrested and received five citations including leaving the scene of the accident, failing to leave information or render aid, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failing to display a license and reckless driving. He has a court date at the Bridgeview Courthouse in October.