MINOOKA – The driver whose passenger died in a crash that closed Interstate 80 for hours Thursday morning was arrested for drunken driving.
Jaroslaw Mietus, 28, of Hickory Hills was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after being treated for minor injuries at Morris Hospital, according to State Police Master Sgt. Scott Angus.
At 5:25 a.m. Mietus was driving west in a 2000 Ford F150 pickup near Ridge Road at milepost 118 when he struck the back of a 2006 Freightline semitrailer parked on the shoulder and bounced back into the path of a 2005 Lexus Rx330.
The Lexus driver, a 60-year-old Crest Hill man, and the semitrailer driver, a 40-year-old East Sparta man, also were taken to Morris Hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Mietus’ passenger, Rafal M. Szczepaniak, 26, of Bridgeview was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:45 a.m., according to the Grundy County Coroner’s Office.
The crash closed westbound I-80 until 10 a.m. between Ridge and Brisbin roads, Angus said.