2017 Road Construction Plans In DuPage County, Illinois

Often roads that experience high numbers of accidents will be targeted for safety improvements.  Such traffic safety improvements can take a number of forms, and may include new and/or improved traffic lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices.  As well, additional and/or widened lanes can serve to improve traffic safety and to relieve traffic congestion.

Recently The County of DuPage has announced its 2017 Proposed Construction Program.  As seen on the construction announcement:

The 2017 Proposed Construction Program incorporates the County’s priority to maintain our existing infrastructure while at the same time implementing projects to improve safety and relieve congestion.  In 2017, approximately 42 lane miles of County highways are proposed to be patched and resurfaced to improve rideability and to extend the service life of these roadways.  Major projects include improvements on County Farm Road, Powis Rd at Illinois 64, Winfield Road, 75th Street.  County Farm Road from Schick Road to Lake Street will undergo safety improvements including a right turn lane addition at Schick Road, median separation through the “S” curve and high friction resurfacing.  Powis Road at Illinois 64 will be widened and permanent signals installed.  Winfield Road bridge over Springbrook Creek will be rehabilitated.  Finally, 75th Street at Book Road intersection improvements will include lengthening the existing left turn lanes on 75th Street, constructing a southbound right turn lane and modernizing the traffic signal to provide left on arrow only for 75th Street.  The 2017 Proposed Construction Program totals $21.3M.

Additional details can be seen on the County of DuPage site as well as the March 13, 2017 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “DuPage County announces $21.3 million in 2017 highway construction projects.”

Hit & Run Pedestrian Accident In Lisle Seriously Injures Man

There was a “hit & run” pedestrian accident Wednesday evening (March 2, 2017) in Lisle.  The accident involved a 62-year-old man was struck by two vehicles.

According to Lisle Police, police responded to the accident scene at 6:08 p.m.  The accident scene was in the 1000 block of Maple Avenue.

The 62-year-old man was found unresponsive and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove for treatment of accident injuries described as “serious injuries.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of March 2, 2017, titled “Lisle cops search for second SUV in hit-and-run that injured man“:

During an investigation that closed eastbound Maple Avenue for three hours, officers determined that after the man was struck by an initial vehicle, he was then struck by a blue Chevrolet Equinox. The driver of the second vehicle did not stop or report the accident.

Those with information concerning the crash are asked to contact the Lisle Police Department at (630) 271-4200.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the March 2 Naperville Patch article titled “62-Year-Old Hit By Two Vehicles:  Lisle Police.”

Fatal Tri-State Tollway SUV Crash Near Hazel Crest

There was a fatal Tri-State Tollway SUV crash Sunday night, February 26, 2017.  The crash happened on the northbound I-294 ramp to westbound I-80 near Hazel Crest.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the February 27, 2017 NBC Chicago article titled “Woman Killed in Crash Involving 2 Semi Trucks on Tri-State Tollway“:

About 11:15 p.m., 49-year-old Reshma Khan was a passenger in a black 2017 Ford SUV traveling north on I-294 on the ramp to I-80 westbound, when the driver of the SUV tried to pass a semi truck by driving on the right shoulder, according to Illinois State Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

In attempting to pass, the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle, struck the wall, and then struck the semi.  It then continued past the semi and rear-ended another semi truck.

Reshma Khan, 49, of Naperville, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of her accident injuries.  She later was pronounced dead.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, for which he was also taken to Christ Medical Center for medical treatment.

This fatal accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the February 27 Daily Herald article titled “Naperville woman killed in tollway crash.”

Fatal Motorcycle Collision In Hanover Park, Illinois

There was a fatal motorcycle collision Wednesday night (February 22, 2017) in Hanover Park.

According to Hanover Park Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m.  The accident happened as the motorcyclist was heading north on County Farm Road, and attempting to turn left (west) onto Lake Street, when the motorcycle hit a curb.  The motorcyclist was ejected from the bike after the collision.

The motorcyclist was identified as John W. Baske, 57, of Des Plaines.  He was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, then airlifted to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, for treatment of his accident injuries.  He died at Lutheran General Hospital.

An excerpt from the February 24, 2017 Daily Herald article (with remembrances) titled “Des Plaines man killed in motorcycle crash remembered as dedicated dad“, quoting Hanover Park police Deputy Chief Andy Johnson:

DuPage County Accident Reconstruction authorities haven’t determined Baske’s speed before the crash or reasons he hit the curb, Johnson said. Baske had just turned left onto Lake Street from County Farm Road when he crashed, Johnson said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above as well as the February 23 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “57-year-old man killed in Hanover Park motorcycle crash.”

Double Fatal Crash Involving Head-On Collision In West Chicago

There was a double fatal two-car accident Friday evening (February 24, 2017) in West Chicago.

According to information provided by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office and other sources, the crash happened at approximately 5:00 p.m., and led to the deaths of two people.

The crash happened in the area of Fabian Parkway south of Rt. 38 (Roosevelt Road.)  It involved two vehicles heading in opposite directions on Fabyan Parkway colliding in a “head-on” collision.

The two people who died were in one vehicle.  The driver was identified as Victor Martinez 24, of West Chicago, Il., and the passenger was his brother, Enrique Martinez 20, also of West Chicago, Il.  Victor Martinez was declared dead at the accident scene.  Enrique Martinez was pronounced dead after being taken to the Central DuPage Hospital Emergency Room for treatment of his accident injuries.

Two other people in the second vehicle were injured.  They were only identified as a boy and his adult relative.

This fatal collision is being investigated by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office, West Chicago Police and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Batavia Patch article of February 24, 2017 titled “Two Killed In Crash Near Batavia” as well as the February 24 DuPage County Coroner’s Office media release titled “Double Fatal Crash In West Chicago” and the February 25 Daily Herald article titled “2 men identified in fatal West Chicago crash.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Glendale Heights, Illinois

There was a fatal motorcycle crash Monday morning (February 20, 2017) in Glendale Heights.  The crash involved a collision between a motorcycle and car.

Details on the crash are somewhat limited.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

According to the Glendale Heights Police Department, first responders went to the accident scene at 11:18 a.m.  The collision happened on Schmale Road, north of Fullerton Avenue.

The motorcyclist, later identified as Arian Haliti, 26, of Carol Stream, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his accident injuries.  He died there.

The 69-year-old woman driving the car declined medical treatment at the accident scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the Glendale Heights Police Department and the DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Team.

Those who may have witnessed the accident are asked to contact crash investigators at (630) 260-6070.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 20, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Motorcyclist killed in Glendale Heights crash” as well as the February 20 Daily Herald article titled “Man dies in motorcycle crash in Glendale Heights” and the February 21 Chicago Tribune article titled “Carol Stream man is identified as motorcyclist killed in Glendale Heights crash.”

Fatal Pedestrian Accident On Route 59 In Warrenville

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Tuesday evening (February 15, 2017) in Warrenville.

According to Warrenville Police, the fatal collision occurred at approximately 6:23 p.m., as a person – described at this time only as an adult – was struck by a northbound vehicle on Illinois Route 59 near the Meadow Lane intersection.

An excerpt from the February 15, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “Pedestrian struck and killed while crossing on red light in Warrenville, cops say“:

Authorities say the pedestrian was crossing the road in the area of a crosswalk and against a red light when the accident happened. The vehicle that struck the pedestrian was proceeding through the intersection on a green light, police said.

The person was taken to a hospital for treatment of accident injuries, and later died.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Warrenville Police Department and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Police.  At this point no tickets or traffic citations have been issued.

Those with information concerning this fatal crash are asked to call the Warrenville Police Department at (630) 393-2131.

Additional details regarding this fatal Warrenville accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Naperville Sun article mentioned above as well as the February 17 Naperville Patch article titled “Pedestrian Killed in Warrenville.”

Early-Morning Hit & Run Crash In Naperville Injures Driver

Those accidents in which drivers flee the accident scene (i.e. “Hit & Run” accidents) continue to occur in significant numbers throughout the Chicago area.  While there are many reasons that drivers may elect to flee the scene of the accident, one reason is that the driver may fear the repercussions of their actions if they are at fault for causing the accident.  Many times “Hit & Run” drivers are driving while intoxicated (DUI).  Other such drivers may be traveling in a stolen vehicle or otherwise be involved in criminal activity.

Early Saturday morning  (February 4, 2017) there was a Naperville vehicle crash at 2603 S. Washington St.

The crash involved a silver 2009 Chrysler Town & Country minivan that left the roadway and then crashed into a building.

The driver fled the accident scene on foot.  He was later located by Naperville Police, and then taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the Positively Naperville article of February 4, 2017, titled “Naperville Police investigate crash on South Washington” discussing the driver, identified as Trenton A. Smith, 25, of Bolingbrook:

Approximately nine minutes prior to this crash, at 1:14AM, a Naperville Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on this same vehicle on south-bound Washington approaching Osler Drive. The driver failed to stop for the officer, increased his speed and fled from the officer, who disengaged and terminated further efforts to stop the vehicle as it fled. The vehicle was last seen disregarding the red traffic signal on south-bound Washington at 75th St.

Smith has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, Driving While License Suspended, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage, Speeding and Disobeying a Red Traffic Signal. He was given a March 7, 2017 court date.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Positively Naperville article mentioned above.

Traffic Crash At 75th Street And Naper Boulevard Intersection

There has been a vehicle crash Tuesday morning (January 24, 2017) at the intersection of 75th Street and Naper Boulevard in Naperville.  Details on the traffic crash are said to be forthcoming.

This intersection has recently been discussed as one that has planned improvements for traffic safety.  The improvements are meant to improve the safety of the intersection, which has a high volume of traffic and many crashes.

The intersection and its planned improvements are discussed in the January 12, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “New 75th Street/Naper Blvd. intersection to have second left-hand turn lane, turn arrow.”

Two excerpts from that article:

“There are a fair number of crashes there, and this will help reduce that number,” said Andy Hynes, deputy city engineer for Naperville. “75th Street and Naper Boulevard is pretty regularly in the top crash locations.”


“75th Street is a high-volume, high-speed roadway,” Hynes said. “Drivers have to judge the speed and distance and so on when making a left turn. That leads to some people making mistakes.”

Traffic statistics from the City of Naperville indicate that 42,000 vehicles a day use 75th Street and Naper Boulevard has traffic of 29,000 vehicles a day.

The traffic safety improvements and timeline are discussed in the article.

Details regarding today’s Naperville crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 24, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “Lanes closed after serious crash in Naperville” as well as the January 24 Naperville Patch article titled “Crash Blocking Naper Boulevard in Naperville.”

Series Of Hit & Run Crashes In Villa Park And Lombard In DuPage County

There was a series of hit & run crashes on Sunday (January 22, 2017) involving one driver, who has been charged with DUI.  These DuPage County crashes happened in Villa Park and Lombard.

The driver, identified as Lawrence Sieber, 62, of Glen Ellyn, has been charged with multiple offenses.  An excerpt from the January 23, 2017 Glen Ellyn Patch article titled “Drunken Driver Involved in 4 Crashes, Critically Injures 1“:

In addition to the aggravated DUI charge, Sieber also is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated fleeing and eluding and aggravated reckless driving. All of the charges are Class 4 felonies.

One of the crashes that happened in Villa Park happened at approximately 4:50 p.m. At that time, according to prosecutors from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sieber ran through a stop sign at Ardmore and Jackson and his truck “t-boned” another vehicle that was in the intersection.  The other driver was critically injured in the crash, and remains hospitalized.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this series of DuPage County hit & run crashes can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Glen Ellyn Patch article mentioned above, as well as the January 23 abc7chicago.com article titled “Man charged with DUI in Villa Park hit-and-run crash.”