Dyer man gets 10 years for drunken driving death
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent October 25, 2012 2:54PM
Updated: November 27, 2012 10:55AM
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Dyer man to 10 years in prison for killing another motorist while driving drunk.
Anthony Vanderheyden, 36, told the judge he was truly sorry that his actions took the life of another person and vowed to never again drink and drive. “Every day I apologize to her, her spirit, her family,” Vanderheyden said.
The Dyer man has remained in Lake County Jail since his arrest on charges filed about one month after the crash.
Vanderheyden had been drinking at Spanky’s Bar and tried to drive home to the 15500 block of 91st Avenue early on Jan. 7. He was speeding when he came upon the victim, Annette Orellana, who was inside her stopped car in the 9900 block of Sheffield Avenue as she talked to a person standing outside her car. Vanderheyden slammed into the back of her Orellana’s car.
Vanderheyden admitted to a blood alcohol level of at least 0.15 percent — nearly twice the legal limit. After the crash, Vanderheyden fled the scene, but was arrested at home within an hour.
Orellana suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., after initially being taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer.