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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, March 12, 2021

Lombard Man Sentenced to Six Months in Reckless Homicide

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that Todd Heidenthal, 50 (d.o.b. 12/15/1970) of the 100 block of E. Central Avenue, Lombard, has been sentenced to six months in the DuPage County Jail for causing a crash that took the life of seventy-eight-year-old Florence Hsiao. Heidenthal appeared in Court this afternoon in front of Judge Daniel Guerin, who handed down the sentence. On September 17, 2020, Heidenthal entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Reckless Homicide, a Class 3 Felony. In exchange for his plea, the State agreed to a sentencing recommendation of five years. Heidenthal, who had been out on bond since the crash, was taken into custody immediately following today’s hearing to begin serving his sentence. He will not receive any “day-for-day” credit on his sentence.       

On November 8, 2019, at approximately 7 a.m., Heidenthal was traveling east bound on 35th Street between Midwest Road and Route 83 when he crossed over a double yellow line into the west bound lanes in an attempt pass the vehicle in front of him. While attempting to pass, Heidenthal crashed head-on into a car driven by Florence Hsiao, killing her. Following the crash, Heidenthal was taken to a local hospital for his injuries. On November 21, 2019, Heidenthal appeared in Bond Court where bond was set at $100,000 with 10% to apply. He posted $10,000, the necessary 10% of his bond, and was released from custody the same day.          

“If not for the incredibly reckless behavior of Mr. Heidenthal, Florence Hsiao would be alive today,” Berlin said. “Not only did his actions on the road that morning cost Ms. Hsiao her life, he also upended the lives of her surviving family, friends and relatives as they continue on without her. This is just a very tragic case that did not have to happen. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Lee Roupas and Robert Willis for their efforts that led to Mr. Heidenthal’s guilty plea and acceptance of responsibility for the death of Florence Hsiao.”

Heidenthal will be required to serve 100% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Upon completion of his jail sentence, he will serve two-and-one-half years of probation.