UPDATED: Naperville Resident Killed Following Motor Vehicle Accident

Lisle man charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following Sunday night incident involving pedestrian.

A Naperville woman died Sunday night following a motor vehicle accident at Yackley Avenue and Ohio Street at approximately 10:13 p.m., according to a release issued by the Lisle Police Department.

Driver James D. Kisla, 51, of the 0-900 block of Hitchcock Avenue, was arrested and booked following the accident. He is charged with one felony count of aggravated driving under the influence and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

The report indicates that Donna J. Early, of Naperville, was walking when she was involved in the accident. Responders transported her to Good Samaritan Hospital. Hospital officials alerted police that Early died at approximately 3:05 a.m. due to subsequent injuries.

According to the release, an accident reconstruction was completed at the scene and police will conduct further investigation into the incident.

Kisla was tranported to the DuPage County Jail after booking.


According to the Daily Herald, Kisla posted a $30,000 bond on Tuesday.

Naperville Mom July 10, 2011 at 01:06 PM
It was an awful accident with several factors contributing to the outcome. Yes, there was a drunk driver who shouldn't have been behind the wheel. Yes, it was dark and the hill reduced visibility in advance. And yes, the victim should have made the choice to cross in the designated crosswalk instead of crossing illegally. It is impossible for police - no matter how many at the event - to make sure each and every adult acts in a responsible manner and assumes some responsibility for the own actions.
Naperville Mom July 10, 2011 at 01:17 PM
The same situation easily could have occured at Ribfest. Year after year many of the Ribfest patrons obviously have too much to drink ... and present a risk to others as they head home - either walking or driving. Because of the risk, I chose not to allow my older teenagers to drive to and from the festival and made arrangements to pick them up blocks away. Even so, the mob mentality of the pedestrians amazed me. The majority - including adults with children - apparently felt that the roads were expanded sidewalks ... showing no concern for approaching vehicles. What a potential for accidents - even without any alcohol intake on the part of drivers. With a massive number of pedestrians partying in the streets it was difficult for drivers to avoid them ... and of course, if an accident occured, we'd be reading the same comments about more crosswalks, more police, etc. Basically, the need is for more people to ask in responsible and reasonable manner.
Eileen Eubanks July 23, 2011 at 08:43 PM
I agree with the fact that pedestrians must also be diligent in their judgement about "J" walking. Hopefully, a light will be placed at the intersection of Ohio and Yackley so that future walkers are not put in danger as well as car drivers.This is a big event for Lisle and booze is also part of the picture. Do you remember when DWI Driving while intoxicated became DUI Driving under the influence? I have to agree that pedestrians are also responsible for their judgment calls in keeping safe. How did a car come out of nowhere? Eileen Eubanks
Rita Pereira July 23, 2011 at 09:39 PM
There already is a traffic light that (I'm sorry) wasn't utilized at the corner of Yackley and Ohio.
Lisle Guy 2.0 October 08, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Lots of talk about what the police should have done, not enough police, police are "above" directing traffic, etc. I saw the accident scene and the couple avoided the police officers who were doing traffic control. They crossed mid block, in a dark area and with no traffic control. People immediately try to assign blame to someone or something without nothing the facts. The man was drunk but the woman crossed in a terrible spot which contributed to her own death. Tragic, yes but preventable. After watching 20 yrs of fests, people don't want to wait for the crowd to cross and are always in a rush, thus taking risks. The police and the committee are not to blame. Additionally, 2 were killed 4 or 5 yrs ago at 53 and burlington after the fest. Guess what they did too.....crossed mid block in the darkness and ran in front of a vehicle. People need to take responsibility for their actions and others need to get the facts before they start blaming others.


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