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Lemont Man's Trial For Alleged Romeoville Road Rage Killing Set

Christopher Yeoman of Lemont faces second-degree murder charges in connection with the death of a man he allegedly punched at a Romeoville stoplight.

A Lemont man charged with throwing a fatal punch during a June 2011 confrontation at a Romeoville stoplight is set to go before a jury in April.

Christopher Yeoman, 40, was initially charged with only misdemeanor battery when he was arrested for allegedly punching 64-year-old Frank Egas after the two stopped for the traffic light at the intersection of 135th Street and Route 53.

Yeoman and Egas first crossed paths near the intersection of New Avenue and 135th Street about 4:30 p.m. on June 2, 2011, where they engaged in a "traffic altercation," police said.

The situation escalated as they drove west on 135th, and the men got out of their vehicles after stopping for the light at Route 53, police said.

Yeoman punched Egas in the face, according to court papers, and Egas hit the ground.

Police and paramedics arrived to find Egas on the pavement but Yeoman had reportedly taken off. He was tracked down at a relative's home in Lemont, police said.

Egas' health deteriorated to the point he moved into a Lake County nursing home. He eventually died there in September 2011.

The Lake County Coroner determined that Egas succumbed to injuries suffered in the June 2011 incident, according to prosecutors.

When Egas' condition worsened, the charges against Yeoman were boosted to aggravated battery to a senior citizen. Yeoman, a carpenter and the father of three children, was hit with second degree murder in June.

According to his obituary, Egas "immigrated from Ecuador to the United States when he was 9 years old. He earned his naturalization by volunteering to serve in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War."

Yeoman's attorney, Clifford Johnson, asked for and was granted a Dec. 21 court date to argue for access to Egas' medical records from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

Judge Sarah Jones schedule the jury trial for April 15.

Russel November 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I see this happening all the time. Mostly tailgaiters that cant understand a need to back off. Or people cutting off others because they are not going 60 mph in a 45 zone! If you come to our county it needs to be mandatory for classroom time in safe driving practices, but that will never happen.
jack November 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM
What kind of 39 year old "man" punches a 63 year senior citizen in the face at a stoplight?
jack November 15, 2012 at 01:02 PM
You see fights in the street all the time? And what does people coming to our county have to do with safety? The Rules of the Road is statewide.
Phill November 15, 2012 at 01:05 PM
It's sad that this kind of thing happens. A "traffic altercation" leading to death and a possible murder charge? People need to get their anger under control.
Bob November 15, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Your life is over now! Do you feel vindicated ? You are 40 years old and will spend the rest of your life dealing with killing someone over a traffic incident. Your kids will grow up without a father and alway know you made a stupid decision to punch an older man.
D K November 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Jack, the answer to your quesiton is, "a felon"
Ginger1397 November 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
My son used to follow this same path almost everyday to go to Lewis University. He is an extremely cautious driver, he also has a high functioning autism, if this guy would have provoked my son, he wouldn't know how to react. This could have been any one of our family members. It is a tragedy for every person involved. I don't know what type of altercation this involved but Yeoman was obviously out of his right mind.
Brittany November 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The medical records haven't been released yet. No one knows if the guys death was because of him. The coroner may have been uninformed, he could have had other medical issues. Also, how was he able to punch this guy? Did the victim get out his car and involve himself in the argument? I don't know about most of you, but if some crazy person had road rage and was coming at me, I wouldn't stop my car, let alone roll my window down or get out. Before everyone makes him out to be a monster, get all the facts. Just playing devils advocate here.
jack November 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The facts as presented seem fairly clear. A 39 year old guy punched a 63 year old guy in the face. Then he left the scene and hid at a relatives house. The circumstances around what occured before that dont change what he did. The victim had to press charges initially. I doubt the Yoeman was trying to kill anybody, but I also doubt drunk drivers are out to kill people either. It just doesnt change the facts.
Ellen Katz November 15, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Russel your comment implies that the victim is somehow guilty because he was born in a different country and therefore didn't know how to drive. He was 9 years old when he came ! He obviously received his license like any other US born person at the age of 17.Don't you think he knew the rules of the road after driving here for 47 years ? Your comment about "mandatory classroom time in safe driving practices" for foreigners, however brilliant, is totally out of context in this situation. What exactly has happened there only two people know - and one of them is no longer alive to tell his side of the story. And handsomely paid lawyers will definitely take advantage of any doubts .Just to think that a relatively young man raises his fist to punch a little old man ...oh well , do you really need to know more ?
Erin Egas-Kuznicki November 16, 2012 at 06:09 AM
I am the victim's daughter. I assure you that the coroner's report does indeed say that my father's injuries were due to traumatic brain injury and his death was officially ruled a homicide. Also, Yeoman followed my dad for quite a long distance before stopping at a traffic light, exiting his vehicle, and approaching my father. He, then, hid at his mother's house, after leaving the scene of the crime. Also, this is not yeoman's first arrest. He has had previous indictments involving felonious activities, including burglery.
Erin Egas-Kuznicki November 16, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Here is my dad's memorial page. https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/profile.php?id=290969600916956&__user=1644403381
Edward Andrysiak November 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Because these kinds of events are avoidable if folks just were a bit more tolerant and forgiving...it is sad to see how so many lives now will be negatively affected. There is a little balme for both sides here. Either one could have avoided the face to face confrontation. I do believe this man was over chgarged however...second degree should have more likely been involentary manslaughter which is more likely what the charge will be brought down to. No one believes he intended to kill this man. It's a sad sorry mess but a lesson...for everybody!
jack November 17, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Tommy O,let me try and speak for Ed. If either one didnt get out of the car, which I am sure escalated the situation, the chances are Mr.Egas would be alive. Not blaming the victim, its just always a bad idea to confront anyone in the street. NOTHING good can come out of that.
jack November 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Tommy, you must not have read any of the prior comments I left. We dont know anything other than the facts and theories presented, and what the police reported. You are assuming alot COULD have happened but didnt. I am commenting on what facts are available. I absolutely dont understand your logic.
Edward Andrysiak November 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Tommy...when someone follows you and stops and gets out of their car at an intersection etc...if the gentleman in the car stayed there and drove away, say to the police station, this would be less of an issue. It takes as many balls to walk away as it does to do anything else. My point was more tolerance and understanding and AVIOD a face to face for what ever reason and you will likely be better off. There is a lot we assume here but my take is the safer one. I maintain my position that either one could have walked away. They both chose to get out of their vehicles and face off. Always a bad choice!
jack November 19, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Tommy, in my opinion you are reading much more into this situation than actually exists .It doesnt matter why anyone got out of his car. Its ALWAYS a bad idea. Remember the old addage " IF the Queen had ba--- she would be King"? Your logic seems to allow WAY to many possibilities that are not present here. What if the victim got out of his car to ask directions? What if he needed a light? What if he was confused? What if we stop trying to guess what they were thinking and look at the fact that a young guy got out of his car, an older guy got out of his car and the young guy punched him the face. What if we stop speculating and wait to extrapolate on the circumstances after the trial?
Bernard Cross November 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Rusel, Rusel, Rusel, if you read the article it says that Mr. Egas emigrated to this country at age nine. Now, if he was nine at the time he emigrated, and had served in the Viet-Nam war, he would have been in his mid sixties when he was brutally assaulted by Christopher Yeoman a criminal who had served time in custody for trafficking drugs. I suggest that YOU go for "clasroom time" as you put it for mandatory writing AND math classes, but that will never happen. Will It?
Bernard Cross November 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM
An idiot. did you know that he fled the scene and was found hiding in his grandmother's house? Yeoman is not only an idiot but he is also a coward.
Bernard Cross November 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM
AMEN and god bless you Bob.
Bernard Cross November 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Hi Brittany, you want the facts, well I will give them to you. Christopher Yeoman provoked Mr. Egas a senior citizen to get of his car and then he attacked him visciously. Mr. Yeoman is a a former felon with issues; Who is pleading self defense, would you believe that? Oh my god! And one more thing darling, coroners are scientists as well as specialized M.D.s' they rely on facts.
Bernard Cross November 21, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Hi Ed, just from what you write you seem like the kind of fellow who would have gotten out your vehicle and would have confronted this punk Yeoman once prvoked.
Bernard Cross November 21, 2012 at 01:04 AM
What if he was confused? That is even worse. Yeoman attacked a confused deffenseless senior citizen critically injuring him and then left him on the pavement on Rte. 53 and 135th Ave. and left the scene with his wife and kids (and I think she should be partially culpable for not reporting the crime) to hide in his grammies house instead of offering aid and calling 911. What a coward. I say, 10 to 15 years and that would not be enough. And you want to "extrapolate on the circumstances after the trial?" You must be a LAWYER.
Edward Andrysiak November 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Jack...one problem here is that we ALL are speculating. None of us were there. Jumping to conclusions based on "young guy/old guy" previous records and the like just make for biased blogs. Most side with the old guy don't they. Well, he must have felt "strong" enough to get into the face off in the first place. So, in the end what if the facts reveal that the young guy was willing to shout it out as, apparently was the old guy. But let's suppose for a minute then that the older gent felt like he was in over his head and decided to bluff. In that we might find that he made a move into a jacket as if he had a side arm (gun). With that threat apparent...the punch was thrown and the scene vacated in the face of the supposed/implied threat. If he is claiming self defence this might well be what the jury hears. And, those who judged prematurely and came to the wrong conclusion will simply say...I necver thought of that! The entire event is a very sad episode...on both sides.
jack November 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Bernard, read my previous comments before you make assumptions. I have made the point that this was the punchers fault regardless of the circumstances. And just so you know, my law knowledge goes back to getting a couple speeding tickets. I am just a lowly carpenter. Never assume anything! I also was using the verbiage of Tommy O whos previous comments are no longer on this string of comments. Know of what you speak.
Joe E. December 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Hi Jack, It's sad that an honest man (which I assume you are) would call their profession as you say, "lowly". I hope you are not suffering from some underlying low self- esteem issues. And just for your information, I know of what I speak of. Nuff said. Sorry for for having mistaken you for an attorney- now that's a "lowly" profession. Have a happy Christmas!

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