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Srt misc 266 Striker 34 posts

My condolences for a fellow corrections officer..May God look over him

 
Female user leesha_doehr 3 posts

If every one could spread the word it would be great. It is my moms wishes for standing room only. Tomorrow is 6 months.

 
Buckeye flag Mudflap 293 posts

It would pleasure me greatly if I were able to attend, especially if the court room was packed with Neil’s family and friends and I had to stand outside, but I can’t make it. I’ll be thinking of you guys all day.

 
Female user leesha_doehr 3 posts

Perez’s final trial will be on June 21 @ 2:00. The prosicutor said the more people who attend the better. I would love to see the court room filled. Not only will it be such a honor to my dad…think how it will make Perez feel.

 
Flag shakey 191 posts

ELYRIA — A Mexican national pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and DUI charges
stemming from a December car crash that claimed the life of 65-year-old Neil Jalowiec.
Emelio Hernandez Perez, who stood with his head bowed as his attorney translated
the hearing into Spanish for him, will face up to 10 years in prison as well as a lifetime
driving ban when he is sentenced later this month, Lorain County Common Pleas
Judge Edward Zaleski said.
Hernandez Perez also will be deported to his native Mexico after he serves any prison
sentence in the case.
Police have said the blood alcohol level of Hernandez Perez, 24, was more than twice
the legal driving limit when the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving slammed into
Jalowiec’s Buick LeSabre, which was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of
state Route 57 and West River Road.

 
Female user leesha_doehr 3 posts

I just stumbled on this site…what wounderful comments on my dad. Thankyou all so much for your thoughts and prayers. There is a pre trial this monday 3/8/10 @ 8:30.

 
Buckeye flag Mudflap 293 posts

Deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Neil Jalowiec.

 
Flag shakey 191 posts

From what I’ve heard about him he will be missed for a long time.

May the angles comfort his family and loved ones.

 
Lion Comfortably ... 154 posts

Elyria man charged in fatal crash
Filed by Brad Dicken December 19th, 2009

ELYRIA — The man behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that plowed into the back of a Buick LeSabre in a fatal car crash Tuesday was drunk, according to police, and has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said Emelio Hernandez Perez, 23, was charged Friday after police learned a blood test showed him having a blood alcohol content level of more than 0.30. Under Ohio law, the legal limit for alcohol in the blood is .08, meaning that Perez was more than three times the legal limit when he was tested after the crash.

Additional charges against Perez are likely after the case is presented to a county grand jury, Eichenlaub said.

He said police are still trying to determine how fast Perez was driving when he smashed his SUV into the car driven by 65-year-old Neil Jalowiec, who died of internal chest and abdominal injuries, according to Lorain County Coroner Paul Matus.

No one else was in either vehicle at the time of the crash, but Eichenlaub said witnesses have said Perez was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic just before the crash.

Donna Hagdis told The Chronicle-Telegram earlier this week that Perez sped past her, missing her car by inches. She said the only reason Perez didn’t slam into an oncoming semi was because she slammed on her brakes so he could get back over.

She said she was about 100 yards behind Perez when his SUV hit Jalowiec’s car, which was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of state Route 57 and West River Road. Hagdis said she never saw brake lights.

Perez was treated and released from a Cleveland hospital and Eichenlaub said Perez hadn’t talked with police yet, but has hired an attorney.

Perez is a Mexican national who is living in Elyria and Eichenlaub said police are trying to determine whether he is in the country legally.

 
Lion Comfortably ... 154 posts

Wrong place at wrong time: ’Daddy’s little girl’ reminisces about father killed in crash
Thursday, December 17, 2009
By KRISTEN VASAS

GRAFTON — Two days after Neil Jalowiec was killed in a car crash, his daughter, Leesha Doehr, is trying to understand why her protector and role model had to be taken away from her so soon.

“It is so unfair,” Doehr said. “I am an only child, so I was always daddy’s little girl. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Jalowiec, 65, was driving his Buick south on West River Road when Emelio Hernandez Perez, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee, slammed into the back of his car at high speed. Doehr believes her father was going to or coming back from the bank before the accident Tuesday afternoon.

No one has been charged in the accident yet, Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said.

A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Jalowiec and his family moved to Grafton in 1989. Jalowiec, who began to compete in body-building competitions when his family lived in Coral Springs, Fla., won The Sunshine State Award for bodybuilders in the older than age 40 category in 1988.

“He never tried to get me to work out, but he did always threaten all the boys when I was in high school,” Doehr said. “He would walk through the school during conferences and everyone would say he was a white Mr. T.”

Shortly after moving back to Ohio, Jalowiec started work as a corrections officer with the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton. Doehr said several of her father’s co-workers stopped by his house yesterday to offer their condolences. The institution was forced to call in bereavement help because so many people were upset when they learned of her father’s death, she said.

“My dad was very loved and he was a good man and people knew that,” Doehr said. “His co-workers were upset. Even the inmates were upset.”

When Jalowiec wasn’t spending time with his family or working out, he could be found fishing with a friend at a nearby, private pond.

During the summer, Doehr said her father would spend hours out on the lake, relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet. “He had a connection with that pond,” Doehr said.

Yesterday, Elyria police officers continued to investigate what caused Perez to crash into Jalowiec’s Buick.
Both cars are being kept at the Elyria Police Department until the investigation is complete, Eichenlaub said.

Jalowiec was wearing a seat belt during the accident, according to Elyria fire officials, but were unsure whether Perez, 23, was strapped in.

Perez was brought to EMH Regional Medical Center following the accident, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. He was released yesterday, according to a nursing supervisor.

The Bauer-Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home will be handling Jalowiec’s services. A wake will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

He will be buried at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon on Saturday with full military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps.

 
Lion Comfortably ... 154 posts

Crash victim was longtime prison officer, Vietnam vet

Filed by Melissa Hebert December 17th, 2009 in Top Stories.
GRAFTON — Hearts were heavy on Wednesday at the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton, where Neil Jalowiec worked for 17 years as a corrections officer.

Jalowiec, a 65-year-old Grafton resident, was killed in a car accident on Tuesday at the intersection of state Route 57 and West River Road in Elyria. The tan Buick LeSabre he was driving was rear-ended by a red Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Emelio Hernandez Perez, 23, of Elyria.

The force of the collision pushed the two cars all the way across the intersection and pushed the back of Jalowiec’s car up to the back of the front seat.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus said Jalowiec died on impact of internal chest and abdominal injuries.

Perez was transported by helicopter from EMH Regional Medical Center to MetroHealth Medical Center in
Cleveland, where he was treated and released. The investigation into the crash continues.

Jalowiec’s family declined comment Wednesday through a family friend. Jalowiec leaves behind a wife of 42
years, Raeme, and a daughter, Alicia.

“He was very, very respected,” LORCI Warden Marc C. Houk said of Jalowiec, who was named correction officer of the year for the institution in 1994. “He was considered one of our best officers. Everyone called him ‘The Rock’ because you could always count on him.

“He had a very good rapport with both staff and inmates,” he said. “Whenever a new officer would start, he’d inevitably spend a day with Neil during training because of how solid he was, and what sort of leadership and guidance he could give.”

Jalowiec was the second employee in less than a week to die in a car accident. Edward Drake, a 33-year-old maintenance repair worker from Ashland, was killed Sunday in a one-car accident in Jackson Township. Drake, who started in food service in 2000 before transferring to maintenance in 2003, was described by Houk as a “very dependable, hard-working, dedicated professional” whose love of sports led him to be a lead volunteer in maintaining the facility’s softball fields and playing on the institution’s softball team.

Houk said the state’s Critical Incidents Stress Team was on hand at the facility to help employees deal with the losses.

Jalowiec was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the Marines as a sergeant for two years and eight months, with his tour of duty in Vietnam spanning 1966 and 1967.

He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3341 in Grafton.

Helen Hahn of Grafton, a fellow VFW member, said Jalowiec stopped by the VFW hall almost every day, rarely staying long, other than to say hello and have a quick chat.

Hahn said that Jalowiec had recently been doing the paperwork to get on Medicare, and often would ask her questions about the process. She added that he hadn’t told her when he would retire, but that he wanted everything in order.

Jalowiec was getting ready to start a new chapter, she said. “And it’s so sad that he won’t be able to enjoy it. I’m just crushed.”

Donna Hagdis of Wellington was driving in the left lane southbound on state Route 57 Tuesday afternoon, heading to St. Jude school to pick up her children, when she said Perez passed her on the left by going into the median.

“He came up on me so fast, I never even saw him until he was passing me,” she said. “It was scary. I’m just glad my kids weren’t in the car.”

Hernandez missed her car by inches as he passed, Hagdis said, and only by her hitting the brakes was he able to get back into the left lane to avoid being hit by a semi truck approaching in the opposite direction.

Hagdis estimates she was about 100 yards behind Perez when he struck Jalowiec, who she says was stopped at the intersection of 57 and West River Road. She said she never saw Perez’s brake lights go on.

 
Lion Comfortably ... 154 posts

Corrections Officer Neil Jalowiec, 65, was killed Tuesday December 15th, 2009 in a tragic traffic accident. Neil’s vehicle was stopped at a traffic light when it was struck from behind by another driver travelling at a high rate of speed. Officer Jalowiec was pronounced dead on the scene. Officer Jalowiec was one of the best people, and THE best officer I have ever known. He was the first officer they sent me to when I started day one, to show me the ropes. I came to find out later this was the norm, and he has trained probably over half of our institution in this manner. Officer Jalowiec had been employed as a Corrections Officer at the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton, Ohio since 1992. Jalowiec was also a former Marine who had served in Vietnam. He was in many ways a father figure to the majority of the officers here at the institution. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

We all miss you Neil. Rest in Peace, it will NEVER be the same without you…

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