20-Year-Old Drives Off Kirk Road 11 Days After Headlong Crash at Bennett and Dodson

Geneva police charge Nicole Wiesner, 20, with driving while license suspended after she tells an officer she drove off Kirk Road trying to fix her shoe.

The 20-year-old driver involved in a at Bennett and Dodson streets drove off Kirk Road in another single-car accident 11 days later, Geneva police reports indicate.

According to reports, Nicole Wiesner, 20, told police she was fixing her shoe when she looked up and drove her Chevrolet Cobalt off the road in the 600 block of North Kirk Road about 100 feet north of Geneva Drive. The accident occurred around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, reports said.

On May 4, Wiesner's Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling west down the hill on Dodson Street when it barreled through the stop sign of the T-intersection at a high rate of speed. The Cavalier crossed Bennett Street (Route 25) and crashed into trees bordering a driveway of the home at 224 N. Bennett St., injuring Wiesner and her passenger, 22-year-old Lindsey Vanderheyden of Batavia.

Vanderheyden was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and was in critical condition on the Monday following the crash. A Good Samaritan Hospital spokesperson said on May 23 that Vanderheyden has since been treated and released.

After the May 4 crash, just prior to the accident. Vanderheyden said she was attempting to wake Wiesner seconds prior to the crash.

On May 15, Wiesner was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt north in the 600 block of North Kirk Road about 100 feet north of Geneva Drive around 7:40 p.m., when her Cobalt left the road and drove into a field, Geneva police reports said.

Wiesner told police she was fixing her shoe, and when she looked up, she had left the roadway. She was ticketed for driving while license suspended and has a court date of June 12.

The undercarriage of the Cobalt was damaged and the cost to repair it is estimated at more than $1,500. Driving while license suspended is a Class A misdemeanor, according to the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Wiesner has a court date of June 19 for disobeying a stop sign in the May 4 crash.

Police Cmdr. Julie Nash said Wednesday that the cause of the May 4 crash remains under investigation.

To read our previous story on this incident and see photos of the May 4 crash scene, .

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Pam Jarke May 24, 2012 at 07:25 PM
wow,,god forbid u ever do anything wrong,,,,she fell asleep,,plain and simple,,,no drugs no alchol...get ur facts straight..2 underage drinking citations,,,not while driving,,,she is not uninsured,,,the license sent into suspension that day...shame on u,,how dare u judge what kind of person my daughter is or anybody else for that matter
Jennifer May 24, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Driving while impaired is certainly against the law.
Pam May 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Yes, it is. Does it say anywhere in this article that she was?
Pat Ryan May 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
She has had 2 notable car-related incidences within a month. I'm sure she's a lovely person, but clearly a lousy driver. I'm willing to submit that maybe she has never even seen a bottle of alcohol in her life, but falling asleep is inexcusable and fixing your shoe should not end in a police report. If I had been hit by her, hearing that she was either sleepy or her shoe was not on comfortably would provide me little comfort. She needs to either stop driving, or only drive a bumper car.
Josh West May 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Is this The Pam Show? This is story is about an irresponsible girl who should be banned from driving til she gets her self together.
Pam May 24, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I guess it is.
Ann May 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I did experience this with a family memeber...yours. I certainly wasn't making any judgements when I raced to the car just after it smashed against the trees and stood there stroking Nicole's hair and reassuring her that help was on the way. Nor was I making any judgement when I pulled the fence posts away from the car and tried to turn off the ignition so as not to cause a fire. Nor was I making any judgement while I tried to console her friend and passenger who had a horribly broken leg while we waited for the EMTs. Nor when I made sure that a passer by had called 911. But after she runs off the road a second time in 11 days...ummm yeah I tend to jump to a couple of conclusions. But the problem is yours now...especially when the young woman she almost killed hires an attorney.
J May 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Actually, they do. I teach Drivers Ed and one of the things we discuss in class is that most accidents involve good drivers. That said, I think her distractions need to be dealt with and she should learn that shes behind the wheel of a very deadly machine. Maybe she needs a touch up on rules of the road and proper driving behavior. One mistake by a good person is just that one mistake. This young lady is making them way too often and as previously said, one of these times will be a very serious issue for her or someone else on the road.
Mitotero May 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
This was a painful string to read. There are a lot of armchair judges out there.
Maria May 25, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I'd be interested to know if she'll get a psychological evaluation. Two accidents in 2 weeks with no other cars involved screams suicide attempt to me. Just my 2 cents.
Pam May 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM
She fell sleep on purpose or pretended to to commit suicide? That's quite a leap to take.
RSJ May 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Your an idiot.
RSJ May 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I joined the patch for only one day just to let you all know that you need more to do then lay judgement on someone else. I am not defending this girl. BUT IF THE TABLES WERE TURNED? Go out side and enjoy the weather spend time with the kids do something constructive for God sake What is the point of this geneva patch? Maybe we can all meet some time and have ice cream together and tell each other to your faces how we all really feel, im sure there would be alot of silence. Peace out forever.
Jennifer May 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I think most of us posting on this subject would probably agree that the reason there are so many comments might be due to Pams continued justification of her daughters behavior. Nicole came barreling down Dodson supposedly asleep at the wheel. She flew past a grade school that a half an hour later was letting kids out for the day ( It was a half day) then to cross over an extremely busy street to plow over a sidewalk, take out a fence and careen into a tree. Then shortly after that incident Nicole is driving someone's car with a suspended license and has yet another accident. This on top of two underage drinking convictions. Yet all we read are excuses, snappy comments and no accountability. There was not even an ounce of thanks to Ann who was nearly hit by Nicole and who helped her immediately following the accident. I'm worried about Nicole. Whether these accidents were due to a health problem, distracted driving or something else. I assure you if it were my child I would be first and foremost apologetic and certainly express deep thanks to those who helped her.
Russ Meijer May 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I'm sure she's a nice girl, but it's obvious she doesn't give a darn about the rules or the potentially deadly consequences of her actions. She seems to be making some very bad decisions these days... Drinking underage, driving tired, driving distracted, driving illegally on a suspended license. As somebody who drives a lot in this area with his wife and 3 young kids, I'm a bit nervous about sharing the road with someone who is essentially playing Russian roulette with people's lives.
DEW May 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Seriously, how ignorant of you!!!
Pam May 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Looking back over Pam's posts, I don't feel she was justifying what happened but trying to set the record straight on what happened and to defend her daughter from some of these comments. I think any of us with children would have done the same thing, because honestly, some of them have been very harsh. And PLEASE...do not jump down my throat! I'm not defending or condoning anyone actions, just making an observation.
Jennifer May 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
After reading these posts I have learned something. If my daughter was ever in this situation I would first apologize to all those affected by my daughters erratic driving. Secondly, I would thank all those who helped my daughter when she was in need. That being Ann and others.
G.Ryan May 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The logic in this situation is her license was suspended from the 1st accident so how did she get or gain access to the car keys of another vehicle? I cannot imagine a 20 year old owns 2 cars. So who's vehicle was she driving in the 2nd accident? And if she lives at home with her parents why would they allow her to drive another vehicle thus breaking the law?. Parental guidance is imperative here. Are not the parents the biggest innate teachers to our children? Teaching them right from wrong? Or is there some type of denial of one's behavior going on here? I will await the judge's decision on this one. But these are some questions which come to mind.
Deanna May 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Ann: The Vanderheyden family would like to thank you for the compassion you showed to both girls during the accident. Lindsey remembers people reassuring her while she was pinned in the car. We don't know how to reach you and we wanted you to know we appreciate what you did.
Justin Eggar May 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The only thing worse than irresponsible people is parents who facilitate it. Let's hope that actions are taken to reduce the risk from this individual (whatever it might be). If somebody "falls asleep" and hurts a member of my family I would be less than enthused by the incident. You can't take back accidentally killing someone. As far as liability, it will be interesting to see how this plays out now and if/when it occurs again.
Sue May 25, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Pam Jarke; This is Sue C. After reading all of this, I sure wish I had "perfect" children as all of these people seem to have. My son is now 40 and still has problems but that must be our bad parenting skills (although the other one turned out pretty good!) Sounds to me like Nichole must have a medical problem that caused her to fall asleep & maybe she couldn't get into see a dr. yet after only 11 days? Maybe it has something to do with what she saw happen to you 11 years ago but I'm sure these judgmental asses would know all about that! Worry about your daughter and not what others have to say Presh!!
tellthetruth May 31, 2012 at 04:34 PM
ENABLING AT IT'S BEST....this child, Nicole needs help NOT continued enabling by her obviously VERY troubled mom
tellthetruth May 31, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Question: HOW is driving on a suspended license (2nd accident in 11 days and 3rd serious accident in THIS year including DUI In dekalb county) an "accident" whose car was she "driving" on this suspended license???
Rick Nagel (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I deleted a comment by "tellthetruth" because it contained a statement regarding evidence in the case that can't be corroborated until the conclusion of the police investigation.
tellthetruth May 31, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Rick, maybe you can ask the police so that they start "looking" at this VERY important fact
Jennifer July 21, 2012 at 09:40 AM
We have the facts now don't we...she is a drunk! Get her into rehab Stat!
Jennifer July 21, 2012 at 09:48 AM
I really hope your daughter has recovered from this accident, and stays as far away as possible from this girl Nicole. She is obviously bad news, and is a danger to everyone around her. I hope you sue her for almost killing Lindsey in her drunken stupor. She deserves to be punished for what she has done. May God watch over Lindsey, and keep her safe going forward.
BCRKB July 25, 2012 at 07:06 PM
@Jennifer.....A person who prays to our God in heaven should do so in a unselfish manner. Yes prayers should and do go up for Lindsey but at the same time if you are a Christian and believe in the power of prayer you should be praying for Nicole as well. Pray that Nicole will realize that she does indeed need help, seeks the help she needs, learns from it and makes a complete turn around. Negative comments can only make her think that there is no hope for her. Prayer to a loving, forgiving God should be offered up for Nicole.
Jeff Hoover August 06, 2012 at 04:21 AM


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