Rolling Meadows, Illinois — Almost a year after a crash that claimed the life of a Glenbard West High School football player and severely injured another, authorities have accused them both of raping a 15-year-old girl in a church parking lot hours before the accident.
Police say that before Pierre Washington-Steele, 17, drove his car into a utility pole, he and his passenger, Demarco Whitley Jr., now 18, raped a girl in the vehicle while parked behind a church parking lot. Once they were finished having their way with her, they left a condom and her belongings in the lot and dropped her off at a friend’s house.
She reported the incident the next day, identifying both Washington Steel and Whitley as her attackers. While police where investigating they learned the two accused had been involved in a car accident sometime after dropping the girl off.
Washington-Steel and Whitley were traveling at high speed when they went to pass another car in a no-passing zone. When Washington-Steel swerved to avoid striking another vehicle head-on, he lost control and crashed, police said. Washington-Steel would die from his injuries a week later.
Although Whitley survived the crash, it took him a year to fully recover, which is why police waited so long to charge him. DNA tests from the rape kit and items left in the church parking lot identified Whitley as a suspect. He is currently locked up with bail set at $50,000.Tags: crash, Crime, Illinois, Rape, student