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Man charged in hit-and-run crash that left woman dead in Antioch

Kenneth K. Malanowski

A Cuba Township man was arrested and charged after a Thanksgiving weekend hit-and-run left a woman dead in Antioch.

Kenneth K. Malanowski, 41, of the 28600 block of West Roberts Road in Cuba Township, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving death (class 1 felony), aggravated driving under the influence (class 2 felony), and two counts of driving under the influence (class A misdemeanor).

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Antioch Police Department, and Antioch Fire Department responded at 1:37 a.m. on November 26 to a vehicle crash with injuries near Route 59 and Grass Lake Road in Antioch Township. When sheriff’s deputies arrived they found two vehicles with major damage.

Authorities said that a 2015 Chevrolet, driven by a 26-year-old woman of Youngtown, Arizona, was traveling northbound on Route 59 south of Grass Lake Road. A 2007 Volvo, driven by Malanowski, was traveling northbound behind the Chevrolet.

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As both vehicles proceeded northbound, Malanowski rear-ended the Chevrolet, causing both vehicles to lose control, police said. Both the Chevrolet and Volvo left the roadway and each struck a tree. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Malanowski fled the scene on foot. A Lake County Sheriff’s Office canine team responded and performed a scent-track. Malanowski was located nearby. The man was not arrested at that time but was arrested and charged on Thursday, police said.

“After receiving toxicology results and a thorough investigation by Lake County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigators, an arrest warrant was obtained on Thursday,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Malanowski Thursday evening without incident at his home.

He was transported to the Lake County Jail where he remains held on a $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 28.


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