Cop Charged in Fatal Crash Bonds Out

Eddie Stapinski posted $750,000 bond Saturday night

By BJ Lutz
|  Monday, Dec 28, 2009  |  Updated 2:00 PM CDT
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Cop Charged in Fatal Crash Bonds Out

Cook County Sheriff

Edward Stapinski

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The South Suburban police officer accused of driving with a blood alcohol concentration three times the legal limit and causing a fatal crash on the Stevenson Expressway last week walked out of jail Saturday night after posting $750,000 bond, authorities said.

Edward Stapinkski was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI for the crash that left a 29-year-old Chinatown man dead.

The 34-year-old Lockport officer, with seven years on the force, was driving southbound on Interstate 55 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed Interstate 55's median, hitting 29-year-old Man "Mike" Wong and another vehicle.  Wong was killed.  The driver and passengers in the third vehicle was uninjured.

Stapinski was in Illinois State Police custody at Mount Sinai following the crash and was later transferred to the Cook County Jail.

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