Police finish investigation of fatal accident

Hinsdale police have received results from the Illinois State Police Crime lab and concluded their investigation into a July 17 accident that killed 14-year-old Sean Richards of Hinsdale and injured four others.

The test results indicated there were no drugs or alcohol in the system of the 16-year-old employee of Fuller’s Car Wash, who drove the Jeep that accelerated unexpectedly while exiting the car wash bay. The Jeep hit Richards, who was walking on the sidewalk, before crashing into Fontano’s Subs across the street.

Toxicology testing is standard in fatal accident investigations, Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King said.

The case file has now been forwarded to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office for a review and a determination on charges.

“The Hinsdale Police Department has compiled a voluminous report, which includes driver and witness statements, video camera footage from local businesses and data collected from the vehicle’s event data recorder, commonly referred to as a car’s ‘black box,’ ” King said. “We appreciate the need for answers. The Hinsdale Police Department and the DuPage County State’s attorney’s office have been working diligently and methodically to ensure that the proper evidence is collected and analyzed in order to bring the appropriate resolution to this case.”