Fatal Crash Victim Identified as WWS Senior Stephanie Pickett

Fatal crash victim identified as Stephanie Pickett, an 18-year-old senior at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

The woman who died in last night's rollover crash in unincorporated Wheaton was 18-year-old Stephanie Pickett, a senior at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, according to the following message District 200 sent to families and staff:

District 200 Families and Staff,

We were just informed that the woman who lost her life in a car accident last night was 18-year old Wheaton Warrenville South Senior, Stephanie Pickett.

Our District and school crisis team has been put into place and is offering assistance to any students or staff who need to talk to someone about this tragic event. Please encourage your students to seek out assistance if they need to talk to someone.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the Pickett family and friends. 

Pickett was a passenger in a sport-utility vehicle driven by Karlos Leath, 31, of Warrenville, who was charged with driving under the influence after the crash. The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Shaffner Road north of Mack Road, according to a DuPage County Sheriff's Office statement. Leath is charged with two counts of aggravated DUI—accident causing death. He remains at the DuPage County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 04:51 AM
They were at the same place. Not drinking together. Just Bc people are at the same place does not mean they are there together. And yes I do have children. And this kind of behavior would never happen and if it would for some reason BC kids do experiment. They will know. The right way to handle things is if you need a ride you call mom or dad. But regardless they would not be out drinking at that age day of the week or any of the above. I was raised with morals and ethics and mine are raised the same.
Lisa April 28, 2013 at 04:51 AM
kat obrien - How do you know Stephanie was drinking the night she was killed? You also wrote, "Cdh verified she had been drinking also" - where are you getting this info?
TMarie April 28, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Your ignorant taunts dont bother me. lol I know Im a good parent. The only guilt person around here is KARLOS LEATH!!!!
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 04:55 AM
I'm sure she is but reality isn't going to be set aside if she is going to get past this it should be with the facts and without blaming just him. Her daughter hung our with drunks and drug addicts she drank like an adult and smoked weed. If to fit in idk but it doesn't matter he'd daughter is just as much as at fault as him. Moving on is not by blaming just one. It is done by accepting all the facts and the. Truth. They both screwed up but she opened the door and he was just trying to help. It is sad I don't know what I would do but I know I will never have to worry. Maybe of another car hitting the one mine is in but not mine making a stupid mistake of willing putting themself in the sutuation
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 04:58 AM
The truth will come out and I'm sure everybody there that night will tell it like it was. I just feel quilty because I had spoke with him right before and he asked if he could come for dinned and I said no. If I said yes maybe this wouldn't have happened. At least not that day.
Lisa April 28, 2013 at 05:14 AM
kat obrien - You wrote, "The truth will come out and I'm sure everybody there that night will tell it like it was." Is that your way of saying that you don't want to answer my questions about (1) how you know that Stephanie was drinking on Thursday night, and (2) where you are getting the info to say that CDH verified that she had been drinking?
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 05:19 AM
I've already answered it all you have to do is Google her name allthe news reports come up and it states in one that after she was pronounced dead at cdh that she had been drinking also
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 05:24 AM
The second story that comes up and I'm sorry it was the parents that said they were told she was drinking also somebody else said she was in a bar in west Chicago most of her adult friends live in west Chicago so I'm assuming it was them who took her there it was not karlos
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 05:27 AM
I know the group but I keep a distance BC I've seen this kind of stuff happen before kids who think they r adults and adults who still think like kids. I do not go out and drink myself I have a family. I stay home with but karlos was in the wrong place at the wrong time and asked to do the wrong thing on thebwrong night. What he should've done is told whoever brought her to take her home but he had.more trust in himself then them
happyhousewife April 28, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Please do not make comments about people you do not know. The grandparents of Karlos' children are good people! Good enough to keep those kids away from him as much as possible. Good enough to provide for those kids since the day they were born, even when their father couldn't or wouldn't. And they are good kids because of it! They have only had that apartment for a few months and those kids are hardly ever there. Because their mother and grandmother know they are right where they belong in Lombard. Karlos messes with any female he can. Teen or not. Lisa there are reports stating Stephanie was drinking as well. I'm sure a sober person wouldn't have gotten in the car with someone that drunk. Karlos will face the consequences regardless to what we think, in court and by God. Ms. O'Brien if you think Karlos is a good person I'm sorry to tell you but your standards are messed up. I know if that was your daughter that lost her life you without a doubt would blame the driver as well. You really make no sense. If this is so perfect as you claim why didn't he eat dinner at home with his children's mother? Why was he asking to eat with you?
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 05:45 AM
I never said he was perfect and I'm sorry but he can eat with whoever he wants he makes dinner for her every night for when she gets home from work and a night away is healthy you don't always have to be with somebody me and my husband go our to eat with friends yourself I do at least once a week with a good friend of mine and no he would not touch a teen ages and I'm only stating facts. If you'd like to contact me personally I can give specific names of he'd so called friends who will give up the info on he'd and he'd usage and do a check on them they r the horrible people. And karlis has lived me and he was always with the kids. Always. And if that is the case then why isn't the mother living at home with them? Do not just put one down and not the other. This was a decision between them and if your referring to my comment of the grand father doing drugs that again is a fact that I know. Never said he was a bad person but it is a fact. And if its ok for him then karlis shouldn't be put down for it or his charges that go along with it. Both those parents have always worked their hardest for those beautiful kids. They are not there to be kept away from karlos BC if that was the case he wouldn't have lives their also
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 05:46 AM
If that was my daughter I would blame myself for raising her wrong
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 05:52 AM
I don't think I know he's a good person this family has pushed him away from day one. I have never done this and he has always been there for me no matter what. If any time he wasn't there for those kids was because he wasn't allowed first be and unlike the mother he did things himself he didn't have his parents to fall back on and live with and babysit. He is a man and has always made it on his own. He lived with me BC I needed his help. J was very sick my husband worked dull time and I needed help with my children. Him and he'd were not together at the time but they still talked he still picked them up from school still provided for them
kat obrien April 28, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Either way it is late and we have church tomarrow. So good night all. I know people may have been hurt tonight through this but the truth needs to be known. You can not healthily process something unless you know the truth. Good night and God bless.
Wheaton res April 28, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Kat Obrien -- I am appalled by your incredible lack of propriety and self-restraint. The words you speak of this deceased person are incredibly inflammatory and PERSONAL. How dare you post of a past pregnancy? Shame on you. This young woman lost her life and yet you speak of "going to church " in the same breath as you post insinuating, exceptionally derogatory remarks. Pray for your own soul and ask forgiveness for your apparent lack of loving sensitivity. Wheaton Patch Editor...WHY are you allowing this liable banter to continue???? It is shameful
happyhousewife April 28, 2013 at 01:31 PM
I'm sorry everyone. I meant no disrespect to anyone. Both of these individuals were responsible for their own actions. My personal opinion is that Karlos is older than Stephanie and should have know better to drink and drive. Karlos still has a chance to live his life and see his children grow. Even if he goes to prison, it won't be for very long. Stephanie lost her life, her parents will have no grandchildren to watch grow. Its a horrible situation regardless to whose fault it was.
April April 28, 2013 at 03:33 PM
All this airing of dirty laundry has no place here. I hope it gets removed.
LC April 28, 2013 at 04:20 PM
My condolences to Stephanie's family. My husband was one of the Firefighter/Paramedics on the scene that night. All the posts on here are ridiculous. Unfortunately, this is an example of how our legal system has failed over an over again, resulting tragic accident that didn't have to happen and claiming the life of a young girl. I hope that justice will now prevail and that Stephanie's family will someday find comfort and peace.
Alexandra April 28, 2013 at 04:35 PM
You know what is unfortanitate I just realize last night when I got a phone call from my husbands mom that I knew los as well. He grow up around his grandmothers and I knew him breifly I had meet him once or twice around his cousin who hung out with my husbands brother. I feel for both families. I completely agree they need to leave his children out of this they have nothing to do with this situation. This is a very unfortinate situation. I'm sorry to you all. And I agree that she wasn't the best kid but what do you expect what 18 year old is I had a messed up life as a child hung out with the wronge crowd and now I'm a successfulcollege student mother and employee. so don't bring up her passed or his everyone does make mistakes but in this situation the truth will come out.
Alexandra April 28, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I do question why they were together but I also want to know why he'd get behind the wheel intoxicated. He's 31 he knows better I get he was maybe helping her but look were a mistake like driving while intoxicated got one dead and one in jail. I hope that everyone learns from this its truely a sad situation no one deserves to loss a child, and kids don't deserve to be fatherless its such a sad cycle. I prey for both families. I just hope that everyone gets the clooser needed I hope that people can eventually forgive both sides I'm not saying to ever forget a situation like this but you can't not forgive because all it does is hurt everyone more, And people need to not blame her family she is 18 and will do as she pleases think about when you were 18 you probably wanted nothing to do with what your parents say. I din't have my perents there thats why I made my mistakes I just wish someone would have taken the time to communicate with her and show her where her life could've been. Please stop talking bad about both sides this is a tragity to both sides. I wish people could see through all the anger N look at all the hurt that its all causing. well to both sides again I'm Sorry for both losses.
WJW April 28, 2013 at 05:30 PM
You are a shining example of natural selection! Congrautlations! PS...CDH never "verifies" ANYTHING, you half-wit. The Dupage County Coroner may or may not release the results of an autopsy...which may take a week to 3 weeks.
WJW April 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM
You know what they say about assume...it's makes an ASS out of U and ME.
WJW April 28, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Wait...you spoke to him before he took off? Did you BEG him to stop drinking, as the police reports clearly states he had been binge-drinking all day? Did you IMPLORE him to NOT DRIVE A CAR??? Hmmm...sounds like you hold part of the blame too! Shame on you!!
WJW April 28, 2013 at 05:45 PM
This back and forth banter has been a fascinating "look" at a side of Wheaton that I never knew existed. So sad!
Lisa April 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
@WJW - Although the crash happened in unincorporated Wheaton, and Stephanie attended WWHS (since Warrenville residents attend there), she and Karlos Leath are/were from Warrenville. I'm sure Wheaton has its fair share of residents with relationship drama like this, but these people aren't among them.
ILUVWHEATON April 28, 2013 at 07:06 PM
3Gs gas the full right to express his concerns. Editor Eriksen is a convicted DUI driver and should disclose such if reporting on such or let another patch reporter do so. She could have easily killed the night of her arrest. MY GOD, 60 in a 35 in Wheaton and she claims to be providing a service to our community. And, then to fight the charge. How without good conscious is that?
ILUVWHEATON April 28, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I agree!!!!!!!!
Wrinks April 28, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I have been wondering why that hasn't come up. That an 18 year old high school girl was with a 31 year old man (ick!). Hmmm. Why would they be together? Okay we know why and perhaps what was happening when he lost control of the vehicle. Look, it's the elephant in the room and nobody has mentioned it.
Havesomecompassion April 28, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Wheaton editor. Clearly you are monitoring this comment section as you recently removed a recent post regarding 'another' DUI. I find it unsettling that you would remove it, but not the disparaging posts of others towards the victim of this crime. Please explain ... Within ThevPatch's OWN guidelines, under "Acceptable Use", the verbiage states '...the Patch expects its users to be respectful of others". And further states that ..."content that is defamatory, offensive , or infringes on anyone's right to privacy" is not to be posted. EXPLAIN your seemingly biased discretion here. Clearly MANY of the posts that CONTINUE to appear fall within these stipulations.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) April 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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