By Clive Young
New York (July 22, 2005)--Three employees of Shure, Inc--29-year-old Douglas Meis, 35-year-old John Glick, 39-year-old Michael Dahlquist--were killed in a Skokie, IL car crash last week when a motorist rammed them in a failed suicide attempt. Jeanette Sliwinski, 23, of Morton Grove, IL sustained only a leg injury when her Ford Mustang, travelling more than 70 MPH, smashed into a Honda Civic carrying the three men as they returned to work from lunch.
"This is a terrible loss for all of us," said Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of Shure. "These young men were all very special people who touched so many lives. This has had a profound impact on many of us here at Shure and to many thousands of people who were fans of their music. Michael, John and Doug were not just co-workers, they were friends, and we will miss them." A private memorial service was held for all Shure Associates at the company’s corporate headquarters.
Music was a big part of the three men’s lives--in addition to working at Shure, they each played in local bands: Meis was the drummer for Exo and the Dials; Glick played guitar for the Returnables; and Dahlquist played drums in Silkworm.
Sliwinski was charged with three counts of first degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery. Her bond was denied. Sliwinski’s attorney, Thomas Needham, noted she had been taking medication for depression, but whether she was on medication at the time of the crash was unknown. ""I haven't spent a lot of time with her so I don't know exactly what happened that day," he told local paper The Skokie Review, "but there has been some history of mental illness. She is not well." Sliwinski was unemployed at the time, but had worked various jobs in the past, including some clothes modeling on the internet.
The woman reportedly told police she "wanted to end it all," running three red lights in a row before hitting the Honda Civic. The backseat passenger of the Civic was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected upon impact, according to statements made at a preliminary bond hearing Wednesday. Passengers in another car were also injured, and a fourth car was hit with debris.
A preliminary hearing is set for August 5; according to state attorney's office spokesman Tom Stanton, prosecutors may ask for the death penalty, but a final decision has yet to be made.
By Clive Young