Who is Nathan Sweeney, Driver Charged for Crash that Killed Dekalb Cop?

Nathan Sweeney, 44, has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI causing death after a crash that killed Dekalb County Cop Christina Musil.

Sweeney was charged Wednesday, a week after the crash on Route 23, south of Perry Road that ended with the death of Musil, 35.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th, Musil was sitting in her parked squad car on the shoulder of Illinois Route 23 south of Perry Road in Waterman, when a commercial truck driven by Sweeney ran off the road and slammed right into the back of her squad car.

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Musil was rushed to the hospital, where she died.

nathan sweeney charged for death of Dekalb cop Christina Musil
Christina Musil

Illinois State Police initially cited Sweeney for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

However, a subsequent traffic crash investigation determined that Sweeney was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

He has now been charged by the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s office with three counts of aggravated DUI causing death, and one count of reckless homicide.

He was being held at the Ogle County Jail Wednesday night.

Musil was a five-year sheriff’s office veteran and served in the Army National Guard as a military police officer for four years, including a tour in Afghanistan in 2008-2009.

Her visitation and a memorial service are happening Thursday at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center.

Meanwhile, authorities revealed Sweeney worked for a company based out of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dekalb, Illinois

DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 40,290 at the 2020 census.

The city is named after decorated Franconian-French war hero Johann de Kalb, who died during the American Revolutionary War.

Founded in 1856, DeKalb became important in the development and manufacture of barbed wire, especially for agriculture and raising livestock.

While agricultural-related industries remain a facet of the city, along with health and services, the city’s largest employer in the 21st century is Northern Illinois University, founded in 1895. DeKalb is about 65 miles (105 km) from downtown Chicago.

Ellwood House, the home of entrepreneur Isaac L. Ellwood
DeKalb was originally called Huntley’s Grove, and under the latter name was platted in 1853.

The name is for Baron Johann de Kalb, a major general in the American Revolutionary War.

The first church in DeKalb was organized in 1844.: 164  Beginning in 1846, a stage coach traveled from Chicago through DeKalb and Dixon to Galena.: 14  A post office has been in operation at DeKalb since 1849.

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The first railroad reached DeKalb in 1853.

As of the 2020 census there were 40,290 people, 15,839 households, and 7,804 families residing in the city.

The population density was 2,353.66 inhabitants per square mile (908.75/km2).

The racial makeup of the city was 58.73% White, 18.48% African American, 0.76% Native American, 3.92% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.99% from other races, and 10.08% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.83% of the population.

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