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Lawsuit filed against Crystal Lake attorney charged with DUI in fatal motorcycle crash

Robert A. Roth, 69, of Crystal Lake.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the wife of a man who was killed in a crash caused by a Crystal Lake attorney, who is accused of driving drunk.

Adam M. Antoni, 41, of Port Barrington, died on June 2 following a three-vehicle crash on Route 31 south of Drake Drive in Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said that a black Ford SUV was traveling northbound on Route 31 when it collided with a silver Jeep SUV that was also traveling northbound.

The Jeep crossed into the southbound lane of traffic where it crashed into a motorcycle, driven by Antoni.

Antoni was transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry where he was later pronounced dead, Kotlowski said. Antoni left behind three children.

The Crystal Lake Accident Investigation Team investigates a motorcycle crash near Route 31 and Drake Drive in Crystal Lake on June 2, 2020. | Photo: Alex Vucha.

The Ford SUV was driven by Robert A. Roth, 69, of Crystal Lake. He was found to be driving with a blood alcohol content level of more than 0.08, which is over the legal limit, Kotlowski said.

Roth was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol causing death and two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Roth is a registered lawyer, according to the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, whose records show that Roth’s law license is active and he is authorized to practice law.

Jennifer Antoni filed a wrongful death lawsuit in June following the death of her husband. She is represented by Chicago based law firm Balke & Williams.

The suit asks for a jury trial and is seeking over $50,000 from Roth.

The suit is also seeking over $50,000 from the driver of the Jeep SUV, identified as Michael S. Pedretti, 48, of McHenry.


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