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Naper man arrested on theft charge following accident

A Naperville man was arrested on a theft charge following an unrelated traffic crash that sent a motorcyclist’s passenger to the hospital.

Andrew Alen Hardin, 43, lives on the 1300 block of Sunnybrook Drive, in the Will-O-Way neighborhood on Naperville’s west side. He was taken last week to DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, with bail set at $45,000, in connection to a case of alleged theft in downstate White County, according to jail records.

A written Naperville police report indicated Hardin was involved in a traffic crash that occurred about 3:12 p.m. Sunday at Jefferson Avenue and Whispering Hills Drive, not far from his home.

Hardin at the time was behind the wheel of a silver, 2012 Ford Focus that was headed south on Whispering Hills Drive, the report read in part. He came to a stop for a stop sign and then allegedly drove into the intersection without seeing a black, 2008 Yamaha XVS1300 motorcycle that was was traveling east on Jefferson Avenue with the right of way, the report stated.

The motorcyclist, a 48-year-old man from Woodridge, “attempted to avoid (the Focus), and lost control and dumped the bike,” according to the report. His passenger, a 50-year-old Woodridge woman, fell to the pavement.

Paramedics took the woman to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where she underwent treatment for injuries to her head, face, arms and hands, the report indicated. Police took Hardin into custody after issuing him a ticket for failure to yield the right of way, and then discovering the arrest warrant that had been issued in the alleged White County theft case.

Sgt. Bill Davis on Tuesday corroborated the police report’s narrative. He said he did not know if the motorcycle passenger remained hospitalized or had been released.

Hardin’s family has a tragic history concerning accidents. Hardin himself was not involved in a traffic crash that occurred on Feb. 11, 2002 in White County, and which claimed the lives of his wife, Amy H. Hardin, 29; their son Dakota J. Hardin, 7; and daughter Leslie S. Hardin, 4.

Published reports at the time cited Illinois State Police, who said Amy Hardin and the children were traveling south on Illinois 1 near Carmi when their vehicle was hit nearly head-on by a northbound tractor-trailer.

The tractor-trailer driver told police he was trying to stop in order to avoid striking a stopped tractor-trailer. He lost control and hit the other tractor-trailer before slamming into the Hardin family’s vehicle.

The Hardins’ then-infant daughter, Heather Hardin, survived the crash, as did the tractor-trailer driver.

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