Police Arrest Man Accused of Driving Truck into House, Leaving Kids Behind

Nerijus Miciulis, 42, turned himself in Friday morning, five days after he drove his truck into a Lemont house and fled the scene, police said.

A Lemont man turned himself in to police Friday morning after officers said he and fled the scene, leaving two children behind.

Nerijus Miciulis, 42, of 817 Houston St. in Lemont, was charged with endangering the health and life of a child, according to Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy. He was also cited with leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, disregarding a stop sign and failure to give aid or information.

He is free after posting a $200 bond, Shaughnessy said.

Miciulis is accused of abandoning his truck after crashing into a home on Hillview Drive near Keepataw around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Shaughnessy confirmed that Miciulis left behind two children when he fled the scene. Neither of the children were injured, he said.

Police immediately searched the area after they arrived at the scene, but were unable to locate the driver of the truck. Once he was identified, officers made several attempts to locate him without success, Shaughnessy said.

The and the village's Building Department also responded to the accident due to the significant structural damage sustained to the house.

"No one was injured in the house, and from what I'm told, one of the residents was extremely lucky because they were very close to where the truck crashed," Shaughnessy told Patch on Sunday.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Shaughnessy said.

Bob January 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Did DCFS come and take the kids? Is he the father Amanda?
Amanda Luevano (Editor) January 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
According to Lemont police, the children were returned to a relative. However, DCFS was notified of the incident. Because they are minors, that's all the information I have.


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