MARK KIESLING: Habitual offender fighting for freedom

2012-10-24T00:00:00Z 2012-12-20T21:25:33Z MARK KIESLING: Habitual offender fighting for freedom nwitimes.com
October 24, 2012 12:00 am

Today marks the 11th hearing for a Munster guy accused of killing a Lansing man just before last New Year's.

It's a very important hearing, assuming it goes on as scheduled: The Lake County prosecutor's office is asking that bond be revoked for a Munster man involved in a fatal crash Dec. 30.

What's so significant? Michael Temores, of the 8600 block of Calumet Avenue, has been driving on a restricted license since he was 15 and has piled up more than 100 violations from the mundane to the serious.

None of the charges is more serious, though, than the wreck that killed Fred Skafgaard, 61, of Lansing.

Within four days of the wreck, Temores, who reportedly owns a trucking company, posted a $1,000 cash bond and walked. In April, Deputy Prosecutor Sabrina Haney added a reckless homicide charge.

Still no bond revocation, although Temores has been forbidden to drive while awaiting trial.

Police say Temores and a friend were returning from the opening of the AquaVor nightclub, 5260 Hohman Ave., Hammond, when Skafgaard was killed.

Sometimes, criminal prosecutions are complex things, warranting crossing and recrossing the T's and multiple checks on dotting the I's.

But the case against Temores, 25, seems reasonably simple.

It was a little before 3 a.m. Dec. 30 when Temores allegedly ran the red light at Hohman Avenue and Ridge Road in Munster and his Cadillac Escalade hit Skafgaard's truck.

Skafgaard was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital at 3:40 a.m.

Until we start seeing the pattern of dangerous driving for what it is, it's no use mourning the loss of Fred Skafgaard.

He is, most unfortunately, just another name on the roster of those who unnecessarily lost their lives because of the apparent willingness of cops and courts and prosecutors to pass the buck like a greased pig.

Highland, where Temores once worked, told him to stay out of its town or face dire consequences.

Instead, the consequences went to Hammond and Munster. Do you think police there wanted to deal with Temores any more than Highland? Unlikely.

Temores is fighting for his freedom.

Skafgaard is going to miss his first Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Yes, if today's hearing goes on as planned, it is very important. Just how valuable is life in Lake County, anyway?

The opinions are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at mark.kiesling@nwi.com or (219) 933-4170.

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