Illinois Man Brandishing Sword Linked to DUI Crash That Killed Naperville Cyclist


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WOODRIDGE, IL – A Woodridge man is being held on a $1 million bond following a fatal hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a Naperville cyclist. 

Salil Chander, 33, appeared before Judge Michael Reidy for a bond hearing, during which the bond amount was set with 10% applicable. Chander is facing charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death and Aggravated DUI Resulting in the Death of Another Person.

According to Woodridge Police, tragic event unfolded on Sunday afternoon around 5:05 p.m., when officers responded to reports of an allegedly intoxicated man brandishing a sword near his residence. Within minutes, the situation took a devastating turn as Chander, behind the wheel of a silver Kia, reportedly collided with a light pole on Nelson Court before fleeing the scene, embarking on a reckless journey onto westbound Green Trails Drive.

Chander veered into the eastbound lane of Green Trails Drive, fatally striking sixty-four-year-old Michael Norton of Naperville, who was cycling at the time. Tragically, Chander allegedly did not halt to provide assistance but instead fled, leaving Norton behind. An eyewitness dialed 9-1-1 promptly, leading Woodridge police officers to swiftly apprehend Chander approximately three-tenths of a mile away near Green Trails Drive and Ridgewood Road.

The gravity of the incident is further exacerbated by allegations that Chander’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at the time of the collision was a shocking 0.222, nearly three times the legal limit. The severity of the case has prompted strong condemnation from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, who described Chander’s alleged actions as “horrific.” Berlin emphasized the importance of responsible behavior on the road, particularly in the aftermath of such a tragic incident.

The devastating loss of life has reverberated throughout the community, prompting Woodridge Chief of Police Brian Cunningham to express his condolences. “This series of reckless acts will have long-lasting repercussions for a neighborhood, community, and multiple families,” Cunningham shared. “The pain and suffering for the Norton family is unimaginable, our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Chander’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 1, 2023, for arraignment in front of Judge Reidy. 


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