Last Friday, April 15 around 9:30 p.m., a person who is believed to be a Galesburg resident was driving east on Berrien St. near Knox’s Auxiliary Gym before crashing into a parked vehicle, which then collided with two other parked vehicles.
Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf said that the driver “fled the scene and [was] apprehended by Galesburg police several blocks away.”
Schlaf said that at the time of the incident, a person who is not a Knox student saw the incident happen and called Knox Campus Safety as well as the Galesburg Police Department.
The three cars struck by the driver belonged to a Knox staff member and two Knox students, junior Bobby Stuebi and senior A.J. Shule.
“We were in a hotel in Springfield for a golf tournament when I got a call from campus security saying that my car and a few others were involved in a hit and run,” Stuebi said. “My car had been hit from the front, which backed into A.J.’s car, which backed into Coach [Robert] Purlee’s car.”
While Schlaf said he was unsure about whether or not the driver was driving under the influence (DUI), he said, “The police said at the time that it was a DUI.”
Upon returning to Galesburg, Shule and Stuebi investigated the damage to their cars.
“There were little pieces of my car on the ground where I had parked it the day before, and AJ’s car had some damage to the front,” Stuebi said. “We…got a ride over to Berg’s Towing and got a look at my car. It was pretty ugly.”
Stuebi and Shule will not have to pay for repairs.