Unusual Accidents: Distracted Driving, Collisions With Animals

The following information was supplied by the Geneva Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Four of the five accidents collected this week in the Geneva Police Department files involved just one car.

It was an unusual group that included distracted driving, collisions with animals and tickets for driving too fast for conditions. Here's the roundup:

Accident on Peyton Street—The front of a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Rachel Staples, 17, of Geneva collided with the rear of a Chevrolet Silverado parked and unattended around 6:50 p.m. Nov. 18 in the 300 block of Peyton Street about 50 feet east of North Fourth Street, reports said. More than $1,500 damage was done to any one vehicle. Reports said Staples was looking down at her radio and did not see the parked vehicle as she made a right turn onto eastbound Peyton Street.

One-Car Accident on Logan Avenue—The front passenger side of a Plymouth Grand Voyager driven by Michael Miltner, 17, was damaged, as well as 30 square feet of sod, around 7:27 p.m. Nov. 15 following a one-car accident in the 0-99 block of Logan Avenue, reports said. Miltner was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and has a court date of Dec. 18, reports said. Damage to any one person’s vehicle or property was estimated at between $501 and $1,500. 

Car Collides with Animal—The driver’s side of a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Kathleen Weede, 47, of Geneva collided with “an unknown wild animal” around 6:22 p.m. Nov. 15 in the 4000 block of Keslinger Road about 250 feet west of Peck Road, reports said. Damage was estimated at between $501 and $1,500, reports said.

Accident on South Randall Road—The front of a Toyota Prius driven by Christopher Nelson, 39, of Elburn collided with the rear of a Toyota Sienna driven by Richard Felder, 49, of Batavia around 2:20 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Randall Road about 500 feet north of Fargo Boulevard, reports said. More than $1,500 damage was done to any one vehicle, and a tow was required. Both drivers refused treatment from Medic 251. Nelson was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and has a court date of Dec. 18.

Car Hits Deer on Route 25—The front passenger side of a Toyota Corolla driven by Kris Smith, 53, of Oswego collided with a deer on Route 25 about a quarter mile north of Fabyan Parkway, reports said. Between $501 and $1,500 damage was done to the vehicle, reports said.


Patch reports on law enforcement activity in Geneva, using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime, or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation, and the charge or citation is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify Geneva editor Rick Nagel at rickn@patch.com and we will do follow-up reporting on the case.


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