US Capitol mob made suicidal comments ahead of crash that killed Skokie woman


A Downstate man charged with the Jan. 6 assault killing of a 35-year-old Skokie woman on Interstate 55 may have attempted to take his own life, police reports say. I have. Incident.

The report provides new details about Shane Woods’ state of mind before the Nov. 8 crash, showing that he worried about jail time for a significant amount of time for his actions in the Capitol riot. I’m here. In his September, he pleaded guilty to charges of committing an assault on the Capitol grounds and assaulting and resisting federal employees.

Woods, 44, said he was on his way to a motel after being kicked out of his home by police officers in DiVernon who stopped him for speeding on an interstate at about 7:15 p.m. said the police report. Officers noticed that Woods’ breath smelled of alcohol.

When the cop told Woods he would get a speeding ticket, Woods said he would be in jail for 10 years and said, “He was going to kill me, I wasn’t serving time in jail, so I’m going to pay anyway.” No.” According to reports.

According to reports, Woods also told officers, “He deserves dead more than alive and his kids will be fine.” He said he didn’t need to spend time, and asked him not to leave the scene.

The officer returned to his patrol car to contact the sergeant, and Woods drove off, using the mile marker 88 exit ramp to enter the southbound lane of I-55 heading north. His GMC Sierra then crashed into Lauren Wegner’s Mercury Sable and Toyota Corolla driven by a 61-year-old Granite City man. Wegner was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woods of Auburn was charged with first-degree murder in Wegner’s death. He has also been charged with aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated escape.


The Granite City man and his passenger, a 54-year-old woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers found Woods’ car after it crashed, reports say. Woods was covered in blood and had the letters “MOM” displayed on his cell phone screen. As Woods was being removed from the vehicle, officers picked up his cell phone. An “unidentified white man” then approached the scene and said to Woods, “I’m here, brother,” before receiving a cell phone from an officer.

The identity of the unidentified man is unknown, and the whereabouts of Woods’ cell phone are unknown.

DiVernon Police Chief Jason Martin declined to comment on Tuesday’s report.


Bill and Evelyn Wegner described their daughter Lauren (pictured) as a “sunshine” that can “illuminate any room that comes in.”

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Contributor: John Seidel


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