OL woman arrested for incident cops call 'a tragedy on many levels'

  • Written by Dermot Connolly

An Aug. 18 court appearance is scheduled for Oak Lawn resident Jacqueline Cummings, 21, who faces reckless homicide and other charges related to a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred shortly after midnight on July 18 in the 19100 block of South Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park.

Police, who were on the scene handling an unrelated accident, said Cummings was driving her 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 12:16 a.m. when she struck a pedestrian, Maria Domantay, 54, of Arlington Heights. Cummings, of the 10100 block of 53rd Avenue in Oak Lawn, then sideswiped a police car and fled the area.

Domantay was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 12:54 a.m. According to the Will County coroner’s office, her death was the result of multiple injuries caused by being stuck by a vehicle.

Cummings was arrested on July 21. In addition to reckless homicide, she was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, improper lane use, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to signal, and use of a wireless phone in an emergency zone. Her bail was set at $150,000.

“Several officers have worked nearly non-stop since the accident to locate evidence and witnesses, which led to the arrest,” said Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer in a news release. “This case is a tragedy on many levels. It is our hope that the arrest gives the family closure.”

              Domantay was a native of the Philippines. In addition to three daughters and a son, her survivors include five grandchildren and 11 brothers and sisters. Following Friday's services at the Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home in Woodstock, interment was to take place at Manila Memorial Park in Novaliches, Philippines.