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Truck driver in fatal crash nearly gets jail term

Matthew Loiacano

Matthew Loiacano

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Updated: May 4, 2013 6:25AM

The Antioch man on probation for the car crash that killed a 10-year-old boy was in danger Tuesday of being resentenced for reckless homicide.

Matthew Loiacano, 30, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide for the fatal collision on Dec. 12, 2011. Ten-year-old Griffin Shirey and his twin brother were in the back seat of a vehicle driven by their father, Scott Shirey. Shirey was under the influence of marijuana when he was driving, authorities said. He turned left onto Old McHenry Road from Route 12, just south of Wauconda. Loiacano was reaching for gum while driving a nine-ton truck and smashed into Shirey’s vehicle.

Shirey of Island Lake is serving 30 months probation for his guilty plea to a charge of aggravated driving under the influence.

Loiacano could have spent up to five years in prison. Instead, he was sentenced to 30 months probation and one year of periodic imprisonment in January.

Loiacano violated one of the terms of his probation, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue said Tuesday, April 2.

Loiacano was granted permission to go on a job search in Antioch on Feb. 27. He was not granted permission to visit an address near the job search, LaRue said.

Loiacano was on electronic home monitoring at the time. LaRue filed a petition to revoke Loiacano’s probation. If Loiacano had been found guilty of violating probation, he could have been re-sentenced.

Because Loiacano served five days in jail for the alleged violation, LaRue withdrew the petition before Circuit Judge John Phillips.

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