Increased Traffic Safety Enforcement Efforts

Drinking and driving in DuPage County over the holiday season is of concern, especially given the increasing prominence of “Black Wednesday,” the night before Thanksgiving.  This night has become one of the most popular drinking nights of the year.

Recently there have been announcements from Illinois authorities regarding increased traffic enforcement efforts over the Thanksgiving and 2014 holiday season.

As seen in the November 25, 2014 IDOT press release titled “IDOT, Illinois State Police, Local Law Enforcement Push to Keep Fatalities on Decline for 2014” (pdf):

“As a result of a drunk driver or someone choosing not to buckle up, families all over Illinois will not share the holidays with a loved one this year. We want to help prevent that from happening to another family,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren. “With strong enforcement efforts throughout the year and the upcoming holiday season, we hope to keep fatalities on the decline and save more lives in Illinois.”


During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday (6 p.m. Wednesday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday), seven people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in Illinois. Of the seven fatalities, three involved a drinking driver. Over the last five years in Illinois (2009-2013), 63 fatalities occurred in Illinois during the Thanksgiving holiday, 34 of which (54 percent) involved a drinking driver.

Illinois State Police are also reminding the motoring public that officers will focus on impaired, speeding, unrestrained and fatigued drivers and will enforce the traffic laws to ensure roads and motorists throughout Illinois are safe.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the IDOT press release mentioned above.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Wheaton

There was a fatal DuPage County pedestrian accident Saturday evening (November 22, 2014) in Wheaton, in which a man was fatally struck by two vehicles.

According to the Wheaton Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 5:10 p.m., on Roosevelt Road near Fapp Circle.

The man, identified as James Simpson, 71, was crossing Roosevelt Road when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle, and then struck by a westbound vehicle.

Simpson was declared dead at the accident scene.

The accident investigation is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 24, 2014 article titled “Elderly man fatally struck by vehicles in Wheaton” as well as the November 24 article titled “Wheaton man struck, killed Saturday while crossing Roosevelt Road.”

Fatal Rollover Car Accident In Elmhurst

There was a fatal DuPage County car accident Saturday night (November 15, 2014) in Elmhurst.

The accident happened at approximately midnight, and happened in the 500 block of Grand Avenue.  It appears that the crash was weather-related.

An excerpt from the article of November 19, 2014, titled “Winfield woman dies in Elmhurst rollover crash“:

Mary Grant, 75, was driving on Grand Avenue when witnesses say her car began to fishtail and go off the road at midnight in the 500 block of Grand Avenue, according to a police report.

After the car left the roadway, the car ran over some grass and struck a light pole, then rolled over.

Grant was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

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

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Naperville

There was a fatal pedestrian accident in Naperville last night (November 9, 2014.)  The accident involved a car striking a pedestrian who was crossing the street while walking a dog.

According to the Naperville Police Department November 10 press release (“Naperville Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Traffic Crash“) Naperville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the accident scene at 8:15 p.m.

This fatal pedestrian pedestrian accident happened at the intersection of Rickert Road and Book Road.  The pedestrian was struck as she was walking across the intersection northbound on Book Road, and was struck by a car traveling eastbound on Rickert Road.

The pedestrian, identified as  Emily S. Driscoll, 22, of Naperville, was taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.  She later died.

Her dog also was struck and killed as a result of the collision.

The driver of the car was identified as Kenneth E. Holmberg, 74, of Plainfield.

This fatal pedestrian accident remains under investigation by the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit.

Those with information concerning this accident are asked to contact the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-305-5379 or email [email protected].

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the City of Naperville press release mentioned above, as well as the November 10 Naperville Patch article titled “Naperville Woman, Dog Die After Being Struck by Elderly Driver:  Police” and the November 11 Naperville Patch article “‘It Hasn’t Sunk In Yet,’ Says Father of Naperville Woman Killed Crossing Road.”

Fatal DuPage County Collision

There was a fatal DuPage County vehicle collision early this morning (November 4, 2014) on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at the I-88 exit in Oak Brook, Illinois.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the fatal crash happened at approximately 4:50 a.m., in the northbound lanes of I-294.  The crash involved a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old man crashing into the back of a semi tractor-trailer.

The man died from his injuries at the accident scene.

Another driver was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove with accident injuries considered to be “non-life-threatening.”

As a result of the accident, all lanes were closed, but were projected to be reopened by 7:45 a.m.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 4, 2014 article titled “Police:  Fatal crash closes lanes on Tri-State” as well as the November 4 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  One dead in crash on I-294.”