A Wisconsin man has been cited for driving 35 mph over the speed limit in a January crash that killed a 60-year-old business owner in Libertyville.
The crash happened around 10:52 a.m. on January 10 in the 300 block of Peterson Road in Libertyville.
Officers arrived and located two vehicles with extensive damage on Route 137 between Cass Avenue and Bell Lane, according to Libertyville Police Department Lt. Matt Goze.
The Libertyville Fire Department and Mundelein Fire Department had to extricate both drivers from their vehicles due to the heavy damage.
Joseph Peshut, 60, of Libertyville, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The driver of the other vehicle, Jeremy S. Serna, 36, of the 19000 block of 128th Street in Bristol, Wisconsin, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Paramedics transported Serna to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment. No one else was injured in the collision.
The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team was called to the scene to assist the Libertyville Police Department with the investigation.
On Friday, Goze said the case had been submitted to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for review after the investigation was completed.
Serna was cited with three counts of aggravated speeding 35 mph over the limit.
Serna surrendered to the Libertyville Police Department on September 9 and was processed and released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond. A court hearing is scheduled for October 7.
Peshut, who was killed in the crash, owned a national facilities service provider based in Libertyville called Atlas Commercial Maintenance.
The owner of Austin’s Saloon and Eatery, Mark Khayat, said in a January social media post that Peshut was one of his longtime friends.
Khayat said that the crash occurred in front of his restaurant and he put his staff to work on serving the first responders with coffee and food while the investigation was being conducted.
Khayat added that it was after the roadway had been reopened that he learned the man killed in the crash was Peshut.
“Joe, a 6’ 3” burly-looking man with a very contagious smile. Once you got past his loud voice and his large size, you noticed a man that was bigger than life and never had a bad day. A very talented Carpenter, Designer, innovator,” Khayat said.