Three Fatalities In Naperville I-88 “Wrong-Way Driver” Collision

There was a “wrong-way driver” accident early Friday morning (December 2, 2016) on Interstate 88 (I-88) in Naperville.  The accident, which involved a “head-on collision” between two cars, led to the deaths of three people.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 12:55 a.m., in the westbound lanes of I-88 (Reagan Tollway) near Mill Street.  At that time, near mile marker 125.75, the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry was driving in the wrong direction (i.e. driving eastbound) in the westbound lanes, and crashed “head-on” into a 2007 Chrysler 300.

The driver of the Camry, identified as Domenic Andreoni, 30, of Elgin, was declared dead at the accident scene.

The driver and the passenger of the Chrysler 300, identified as Ali Erhaima, 32, of Aurora, and Shiva Inampudi, 40, of Naperville, respectively, were also declared dead at the accident scene.

It has not yet been determined what caused Andreoni to be driving in the wrong direction.  The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County fatal crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 2, 2016 Naperville Sun article (with video) titled “3 killed in I-88 crash in Naperville” as well as the December 2 Chicago Sun-Times article “Police:  3 killed in I-88 crash in Warrenville.”

Naperville Loss Of Motorcycle Control Crash Injures Motorcyclist

There was a motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon (November 24, 2016) in Naperville.

According to Naperville Police, first responders were called at 12:17 p.m., and the accident scene was at 248th Avenue and Ashwood Road.

The accident involved a motorcyclist, identified as a 19-year-old man from Naperville, who was riding a Honda CBR600RR.  After losing control of the motorcycle,  his bike struck a curb and he crashed.  During the crash, the rider was ejected, and he hit a light pole.

The motorcyclist was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville with accident injuries described as serious injuries.

Those with information concerning the crash are asked to call the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (630) 305-5379 or email parcel@naperville.il.us.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 26, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Naperville crash” as well as the November 26 Naperville Patch article titled “Naperville Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Thanksgiving Crash.”

Naperville Accident Involving SUV Crashing Into Tree

There was a car accident early Wednesday (November 23, 2016) in which a SUV went off the roadway and crashed into a tree in Naperville.

According to the City of Naperville, in a November 23, 2016 news release titled “Naperville Police Investigate Serious Single Traffic Crash, Seek Witnesses,” the Naperville Police and Fire Departments responded to the crash at approximately 2:36 a.m.  The accident scene was in the area of Naper Boulevard, south of Ogden Avenue.

According to preliminary crash investigation results, the crash involved a SUV leaving the roadway and striking a tree.  At this time there does not appear to be a publicly disclosed reason for this apparent loss of vehicle control.

Two vehicle occupants were taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.  One of these people died.

The accident remains under investigation by the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit.

An excerpt from the City of Naperville press release mentioned above:

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any additional information is asked to contact the Traffic Unit at (630) 305-5379 or email parcelk@naperville.il.us.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County crash can be seen in the City of Naperville news release mentioned above, as well as the November 23 Naperville Patch article titled “SUV Crashes into Tree in Naperville” and the November 24 Naperville Sun article (with crash scene photo) titled “One killed, one injured in Naper Boulevard crash.”

Traffic Safety Benefit Provided By Illinois Seat Belt Use

On November 22, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release regarding safe travel.  The release highlights the benefits of seat belt usage, especially with regard to fatal crash injuries.

An excerpt from the release, which is titled “Make Buckling Up a Thanksgiving Tradition,” include:

New observational surveys by IDOT show that the statewide seat belt usage rate for front-seat occupants dropped from 95.2 percent in 2015 to 93 percent in 2016, despite a state law enacted in 2012 that requires all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts. State data show that an estimated 421 lives were saved in Illinois in 2015 because of proper seat belt and child safety seat use.

More than half of all traffic fatalities involve someone not wearing a seat belt, according to IDOT statistics. To encourage every motorist to buckle up and drive sober, hundreds of seat belt enforcement zones, roadside safety checks and saturation patrols will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The release also notes the increasing year-to-date number of Illinois traffic crash fatalities.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT media release mentioned above.

Roads In Poor Condition And Possible Road Hazards

There are various types of road hazards, and these road hazards can be caused by a variety of factors.

In the October 25, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “57,544 Miles of Bad Road:  See Where Illinois’ Roads Rank Against the Rest of the Country,” the subject of Illinois roads in poor condition is discussed.

An excerpt from the article:

Illinois has the 25th worst roads in the country with 18.8 percent of its 306,806-mile road system in poor condition.

Illinois’ road system in the third largest in the country, 24/7 Wall Street said.

While roads in poor condition don’t necessarily lead to accidents, there are a variety of roadway conditions that can lead to accidents.  For instance, tire blowouts as well as other loss of control accidents can happen if a large pothole or other roadway deformity is hit by a vehicle.  As well, deteriorating roadways can lead to other problems, such as gravel and other roadway debris being present on the roadway.  While such debris isn’t necessarily a large potential threat to most vehicle drivers, gravel can be potentially problematical for some roadway users, and can lead to motorcyclist accidents.

Road hazards caused by various factors, including poorly maintained roads, are further discussed on the “DuPage County Road Hazards” page.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) In Chicago-Area Pedestrian Accidents

In the November 1, 2016 post (“Jeep Strikes Pedestrian In Naperville Following Loss Of Control“) a Naperville pedestrian accident was summarized.  In that accident, the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a Jeep whose driver apparently lost control of her vehicle.

The pedestrian, later identified as Melanie J. Setterbo, of Joliet, suffered what was at the time was considered to be life-threatening injuries.  She died from those accident injuries on November 5.

An excerpt from the November 15, 2016 Naperville Sun article titled “Pedestrian dies of injuries in Naperville crash“:

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman said Setterbo died Nov. 5 of “a traumatic brain injury, due to being struck by a motor vehicle.” An autopsy and toxicological testing will not be conducted in the case, which has been “finalized, the spokeswoman said.

While this accident happened as the pedestrian was walking away from the roadway (on the parkway), as further discussed on the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page, pedestrian accidents often happen as people are walking within crosswalks, or otherwise at intersections.  Pedestrian accidents are notable in many regards, and injuries can be severe in nature.  Head injuries, such as that experienced in the Melanie Setterbo accident mentioned above, have been seen in many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents.

On this site, head injuries are further discussed on the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Resulting From Accidents” as well as the “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)” pages.  Head trauma is especially concerning as, depending upon the characteristics of the injury, it can lead to a variety of short- and long-term adverse health consequences, and in some cases death.  There are various types of head injuries, with different types of symptoms and outcomes.  As the symptoms of head injuries may not immediately become apparent just after a head impact – even in cases of serious head injuries – it is recommended that any significant head impact be immediately assessed by a medical professional.

As mentioned in the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Resulting From Accidents” page mentioned above:

 Whenever someone sustains a significant head impact, it is recommended that a thorough medical exam is performed to assess whether a TBI has occurred.  Of note, many types of head injury symptoms – even those that are serious if not potentially life-threatening – can take (many) hours to become apparent to the person injured.  Typically, a visit to the emergency room may include testing for bleeding on the brain and other potentially problematical health conditions.

Driver Dies Following West Chicago Two-Car Accident

There was a fatal car accident late Tuesday night (November 15, 2016) in unincorporated West Chicago.

According to information provided by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the two-car accident happened at approximately 11:00 p.m., at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Gary’s Mill Road.

At that time, there was a crash during which one of the drivers was ejected from his vehicle.  Details on the cause of the crash – as well as which party may be at fault – do not appear to be publicly available at this time.

The driver who was ejected was identified as Shaun Wold, 35, of West Chicago.  He was declared dead after being taken to Central DuPage County Hospital in Winfield.

The other driver was injured and also taken to Central DuPage County Hospital.

This fatal DuPage County accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 16, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “35-year-old man dies after West Chicago crash” as well as the November 16 Daily Herald article titled “Man killed in two-car crash near West Chicago.”

Jeep Strikes Pedestrian In Naperville Following Loss Of Control

There was a pedestrian accident Tuesday morning (November 1, 2016) in Naperville.  A woman was hurt during the accident, and her injuries are described as being potentially life-threatening in nature.

According to the City of Naperville, in a November 1, 2016 article titled “Naperville Police Department seek information regarding early morning crash” the Naperville Police and Fire Departments responded to the crash at 6:58 a.m.  The accident scene was in the area of Warrenville Road and Freedom Drive, which is near I-88.

An excerpt from the City of Naperville article mentioned above:

Initial investigation has revealed that the pedestrian was walking westbound on the parkway of Warrenville Road, when a vehicle lost control, left the roadway, and struck her.

The pedestrian is a 37-year-old female from Joliet (later identified as Melanie J. Setterbo) and the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee that hit her has been identified as a 17-year-old female.  The Jeep had been driving eastbound on Warrenville Road

There is no indication yet as to why the driver of the Jeep lost control of the vehicle.

This pedestrian accident continues to be under investigation by the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit.

Those who may have witnessed the crash or have any additional information regarding the accident are asked to contact the Naperville Police Traffic Unit at (630) 305- 5379 or to email parcelk@naperville.il.us.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County pedestrian accident can be seen in the City of Naperville news release mentioned above, as well as the November 1 Naperville Sun article titled “Naperville cops probe car-pedestrian crash near Interstate 88.”

Pickup Truck Collides With Bicycle On Naperville Road In Wheaton

Bicycle accidents can happen for a number of reasons, and many types of accident injuries (including fatal injuries) can occur during these types of accidents.  On this site, bicycle accidents are further discussed on these two pages:

Bicycle Accidents That Occur In DuPage County

DuPage County Bicycle Accidents

Individual bicycle accidents that have occurred in DuPage County are summarized in posts found under the “DuPage County Bicycle Accidents” category.

There was a bicycle accident Tuesday (October 25, 2016) morning in Wheaton.  Details on the accident are somewhat limited, and the cause of the accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to police, the accident happened at approximately 11:00 a.m., near the intersection of Naperville Road and Blanchard Circle.  The accident happened as a pickup truck heading north on Naperville Road struck a bicycle that was going east across the road.

There was no disclosure as to what injuries, if any, the bicyclist sustained during the accident.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 26, 2016 Lisle Patch article titled “Pickup Truck Hits Bicyclist in Wheaton” as well as the October 26 Daily Herald article titled “Bicyclist hit by vehicle in Wheaton.”

Car-Deer Collisions And Tips On How To Avoid Them

On this site, many types of traffic hazards have been discussed.  The “DuPage County Road Hazards” page discusses the topic, and additional posts have also discussed road hazards that have occurred in DuPage County.  These road hazards have the potential to cause accidents as well as various types of accident injuries.

Another type of road hazard that occurs is that presented by deer in the roadway or crossing the roadway.  While this driving risk can happen at any time, the risk of hitting a deer while driving is higher during certain times of the year, as well as during certain times of the day and night.

The Naperville Patch article of October 21, 2016 (“Oh Deer!  Risk of Hitting Deer While Driving Up From Last Year“) highlights statistics from State Farm regarding the frequency of such collisions in Illinois.  Tips for avoiding these types of collisions are also provided.

Additionally, the Forest Preserve of DuPage County provided information on the topic a few years ago.  This information was summarized in the November 2, 2011 post titled “Elevated Risk Of Deer-Vehicle Collisions In Autumn.”

Additional details can be seen in the two sources mentioned above.