Former Model Killed Three Beloved Musicians in Car Accident in Bid to End Her Life, Prosecutors Say
They probably never saw her coming.
It was around lunch time on July 14, 2005 in a suburb north of Chicago where three local musicians we’re stopped at a traffic light in a Honda Civic and then slammed from behind by a red Mustang convertible.
At a speed estimated at 70 miles per hour, police said former model Jeanette Sliwinski, 23, ran three red lights before hitting the other car in an attempt to kill herself.
Witnesses said both cars went airborne on impact and landed upside-down on the pavement.
The three men died. Sliwinski walked away with a broken ankle.
Today, more than two years later, her murder trial begins.
"The one thing that would have brought this thing to closure would have been had she been successful in what she set out to do that day,'' said Dave Meis, older brother of victim Douglas Meis.
Sliwinski's lawyers have denied that she was attempting suicide. Her current attorney did not return a call seeking comment on the case.
The suicidal crash and subsequent arrest brought the model internet infamy. Many blogs and Web sites have posted modeling pictures of Sliwinski since she was arrested. (Click here for pictures.)