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Lee County S.A.: Woman may not survive

Reckless homicide charges then might be filed, Sacco-Miller tells board

DIXON – A Dixon woman dragged by a car and critically injured is not expected to survive, the Lee County state’s attorney said Tuesday.

Kimberly Landwer, 25, again was listed in critical condition Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, a hospital spokeswoman said. (Her name was not on the patient roll Sunday, but was back Tuesday. No explanation was given because of privacy rules.)

State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller told the County Board if Landwer does not survive, reckless homicide charges could be filed against Keith J. Shomaker, 19, of Dixon, who was driving the car.

Sacco-Miller was asking the board to allow her to hire another prosecutor; she made the remark in reference to her homicide caseload.

Landwer was dragged and her torso run over about 6:50 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of East Seventh St., police said.

According to police, she and a 23-year-old Dixon man were in the car in the Hometown Pantry parking lot; an argument ensued and Landwer and the man got out of the car. She leaned into the front passenger-side window and Shomaker drove off; she lost her grip and fell, striking her head on the road and falling under the car.

Shomaker was arrested Sunday when he came to the Dixon Police Department to discuss the incident.

He was in Lee County Jail on Tuesday on $50,000 bond, charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a felony. He also had an outstanding arrest warrant for criminal damage to property; that bond is $3,000.

He has a preliminary hearing June 26.

Shomaker was charged with burglary in January; he’s accused of taking three air conditioners from a Dixon garage on Jan. 27 and selling them for scrap, Lt. Brad Sibley said.

He was accepted into the second chance program in March; a motion was filed Tuesday seeking to remove him from the program.

He also is facing a misdemeanor theft charge, police and court records show.


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