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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.

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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