Family hopeful for recovery of bicyclist struck by car
By Brian Stanley email@example.com June 14, 2012 2:56PM
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:25AM
JOLIET — Since James Farmer was critically injured when he was struck by an alleged drunken driver last week, his family had been preparing for the worst.
“He had no brain activity, and we were just waiting for his wife to make the decision to take him off life support,” his brother Kenneth Farmer said.
But Wednesday night, Farmer opened his eyes and was able to blink when asked questions, his brother said.
Farmer works for M&E Components, a shelving company in Rockdale. He usually rides a bicycle to travel the three miles to his home in Joliet.
On the evening of June 6, Farmer was riding north along the curb in the 600 block of South Midland Avenue when he was struck from behind by a car driven by Cara G. Quiett, 31, Joliet police said.
Farmer was ejected off his bike and struck the pavement, suffering serious injuries, reports said. The crash occurred in Rockdale but was investigated by Joliet’s traffic unit at the smaller department’s request.
Farmer was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. Quiett remained at the scene but reportedly refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.
Sgt. Phil Stice reported officers “smelled alcohol and other evidence at the scene,” which allowed them to obtain a search warrant requiring Quiett to have blood drawn at the hospital where Farmer was already being treated.
Quiett was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and released on $100 bond. Another brother, John Farmer, said James’ condition has been his family’s first concern, but there is shock that Quiett, of 124 Meadow Ave., was charged with a single misdemeanor.
“The blood test and reports will be reviewed by the state’s attorney’s office and other charges could be filed,” Lt. Tom Stein said.
Records show Quiett received traffic tickets in August 2004, April 2009 and February 2011 but did not specify the violations. She was arrested in August 2003 for failing to appear in court.
Farmer and his wife, Amanda, have 5-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. He is also the stepfather to his wife’s two children and has an adult daughter from a previous relationship.
In May 1984, Farmer broke into a Lockport home to support his drug habit and repeatedly stabbed Louis Pesavento, 49, before leaving him bound and gagged in a bathtub.
Farmer pleaded guilty to Pesavento’s murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He has turned his life around since his release in 2005, his brother said.
“He served his time and found God ... had a family. He’s a good man,” Kenneth Farmer said. “We thought he was done, but if this (recovery) continues, it’s miraculous.”