Case of the Day

Case Description

Migawa, Frank - Age 6 - Fatally injured 8/25/28 in front of 1418 Elston Ave., by an automobile driven by Peter Chalusta, who, with Mike Bonick, his passenger, was booked for manslaughter. On 9/13/28 they were exonerated by the Coroner but Chalusta was held to the Grand Jury in bond of $2000.00 and Bonick discharged on 10/17/28 by Judge McCarthy. 29 Dist. 2/25/29 Cause abated - Rush.

Case Number



Date of offense August 25, 1928
Date of death August 26, 1928
Time between offense and death Within 1 week but more than 1 day
Address 1418 Elston Ave.
Type of location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of public place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location description in front of 1418 Elston Ave.
Type of death Accident
Type of accident Automobile accident
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Car accident
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 2
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Migawa, Frank
Age 6 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Greek
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Mike Bonick
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Defendant/victim relationship Stranger


Precinct 29
Total number of defendants arrested 2
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision September 13, 1928
Outcome of coroner's judgement Exonerated, Commended
Charges against defendant Unintentional manslaughter
Trial Judge McCarthy
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Dismissed
Date of sentence October 17, 1928
Allegations of police corruption No