Maureen “Moe” Wener : “Beloved School Board Member’s Hit-and-Run Case in Highland Park Still Unsolved After Six Months”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Highland Park, IL – It has been nearly six months since Maureen “Moe” Wener, a beloved local school board member and Democratic Party activist, was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding her bike in Highland Park. Despite ongoing investigations, prosecutors have yet to file charges in the case.

Wener’s widower, Paul Rundell, expressed his frustration and grief, stating, “My son and I deserve answers. Our whole family deserves answers. It’s time for charges to be brought without further delay.”

Police reports obtained by Patch reveal that a Saint Charles woman, Melanie Hass, showed up at the Highland Park Police Department shortly after the crash and cooperated with investigators initially. However, she later hired a lawyer and declined to provide any further comment. Hass is now the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Wener’s estate.

In early September, the case was turned over to the felony review unit of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. Eric Rinehart, the Lake County State’s Attorney, stated that his office is still awaiting expert analysis of digital forensic evidence before making a charging decision.

According to police reports, Hass claimed to be a witness and provided an account of the incident that placed her at the intersection where Wener was killed. However, the infotainment system of Hass’s 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon recorded data that indicated her vehicle was at the scene of the crash at the time of the incident.

Additional evidence, including phone records and witness statements, also suggest Hass’s involvement in the hit-and-run. However, the lack of video footage and eyewitnesses has made the investigation challenging.

Wener was a dedicated member of the community, serving on the Deerfield School District 109 board and actively participating in local politics. She was described as a passionate advocate for schools and a beloved mother and partner.

As the investigation continues, Rundell and his family hope for a resolution and justice for Wener’s tragic death. They urge the state’s attorney’s office and the Highland Park police to expedite the charging process.

The community mourns the loss of a remarkable individual and eagerly awaits the conclusion of the investigation to bring closure to this devastating incident.

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