Berwyn police, still searching for the driver of an SUV that crashed into a train platform on March 3, killing a 58-year-old Riverside woman, have intensified their efforts to locate the owner of the vehicle.
On March 14, Berwyn police executed a search warrant at the Riverside condominium of Stephen J. Pocina, who is the registered owner of the 2004 Range Rover found at the scene of the early morning incident, which left ticket agent Kathleen Talmage dead.
Tom Stanton, spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney, confirmed that Berwyn police obtained a warrant to search the condo at 12 E. Quincy St. on March 14. The warrant was executed by Berwyn police that afternoon.
Blood found inside the vehicle by Berwyn police has already undergone DNA testing. Meanwhile, Berwyn Police Chief William Kushner confirmed that his department was granted a subpoena to collect DNA evidence from Pocina’s mother. Police delivered the sample to a laboratory in Rockford on March 15 and are awaiting the results.
Kushner said he did not know how long the department would have to wait until the results of the DNA test would be returned. Reached yesterday morning, Stanton said those tests were still pending.
Stanton added no arrest warrant has yet been issued for anyone in connection with the incident.
“We’re hoping the tests come back as soon as possible,” Stanton said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to move forward based on those results.”
Police have not been able to determine who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. According to an eyewitness account, at 5:45 a.m. on March 3 the SUV sped westbound on Windsor Avenue, jumped an earth berm and slammed into the station building at 7135 W. Windsor Ave. The driver staggered out of the vehicle and fled on foot before police arrived.
Talmage, who was inside the station at the time, was critically injured by impact of the collision and died shortly thereafter at MacNeal Hospital.
Police reported making contact with the driver or an agent of the driver in the hours after the crash. Since that time, however, police have had no contact with the driver. Police have also been unable to make any contact with the vehicle’s owner, despite police attempts to do so in the hours and days following the crash.
Two weeks ago, the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad, which employed Talmage, announced a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Talmage’s death.
Last week, Metra, the commuter rail company that operates on the BNSF line, announced its own $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the driver of the SUV.