Kane worker struck and killed filling potholes

Updated 5/19/2016 4:59 PM

A 44-year-old worker with the Kane County Division of Transporation was struck and killed by a pickup truck Thursday morning while filling potholes in Blackberry Township, authorities said.

Steven W. Chidester, of Cortland, was killed when he was struck by a 1999 Ford F250 on Harter Road, just north of Lasher Road, at about 10:41 a.m., according to a Kane County sheriff's office news release.


Chidester and another man were part of a two-man crew headed north on Harter Road in a pickup truck filling potholes and pulling a commercial "hot box" asphalt trailer, the sheriff's office said. The truck was stopped and Chidester exited to fill a pothole when the other truck failed to slow down, rear ended the county's truck and also struck Chidester.

The driver of the county's truck and the driver of the F250, a 27-year-old Kaneville man, were treated at the scene by Sugar Grove paramedics for minor injuries, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said the investigation is ongoing and no criminal charges have been filed.

According to Kane County court records, the driver of the F250 has received tickets in April 2008, March 2009 and November 2013 for speeding between 21 and 25 mph over the limit. He completed supervision in all three cases.

The man was free on bond on felony domestic battery charges from a March 23 case. He faces anywhere from probation to seven years in prison if convicted and is next due in court Wednesday.

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