Fatal Rollover Accident On I-355 Near Woodridge

There was a fatal DuPage County rollover accident on I-355 Sunday evening (March 27, 2016) near Woodridge.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. as a 2002 GMC Envoy was northbound on I-355.  When it was near 75th Street, for a currently undisclosed reason it struck the right wall and the vehicle rolled over several times.  The driver was trapped underneath the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Adalberto Lopez, 19, of Chicago.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of this fatal accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 27, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Chicago man killed in I-355 crash near Woodridge” as well as the March 28 CBS Chicago article titled “One Killed In I-355 Crash Near Woodridge.”

Multi-Car Accident Near Lombard Seriously Injures Man

There was an accident Friday morning (March 25, 2016) in which a man was injured during a crash on southbound I-355 near the border of Lombard and Glen Ellyn.

According to police, the accident happened as a 33-year-old man driving a Chevrolet Blazer lost control for a currently unspecified reason.  The vehicle then swerved to the right – thereby striking a vehicle in the far right lane – then swerved to the left and struck a concrete median.  Then the Blazer reentered traffic and struck a van in the far left lane.

At the time of the crash, the man driving the Blazer was not wearing a seatbelt, and was partially ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle.  He suffered what were described as “severe injuries” for which he was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment.

The three southbound lanes on I-355, from Army Trail Road to Roosevelt Road were closed for several hours, until nearly 10:00 a.m., as the crash investigation was conducted.

Additional information concerning this multi-vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 25, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Algonquin man seriously injured in I-355 crash near Lombard” as well as the March 25 mysurbanlife.com article titled “Algonquin man seriously injured in I-355 crash near Lombard.”

Driver Faces Charges In Naperville Traffic Accident

The Naperville Sun article of March 18, 2016, titled “7 charges filed in damage-strewn drive” discusses a February 24 crash in Naperville at 111th Street and 248th Avenue.

As seen in the article:

A pickup driver who allegedly hit a fence, veered twice into oncoming lanes of traffic and caused a three-vehicle crash at the end of a 5-mile drive during a snowstorm faces trial for seven traffic violations, Naperville police said.

The driver was identified as Daniel J. Myers, 35, of Oswego.  He was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora for treatment of his accident injuries following the accident.

At the time of the accident, there was reported snowfall in the area.

An excerpt from the March 18 Naperville Patch article titled “Driver Allegedly Hits Fence, Drives Into Incoming Traffic, Causes 3-Vehicle Crash“:

Myers has been charged with two counts of reckless driving, two counts of driving too fast for conditions/failure to reduce an accident, disobeying a traffic control signal and two counts of improper lane usage, according to online court records. It’s unknown if a DUI charge is pending.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Naperville Sun and Naperville Patch articles mentioned above.

Preventing St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving

Various statistics indicate that “Drinking and driving” (DUI) accidents happen in significant numbers in and around major holidays.  With St. Patrick’s Day occurring on March 17, 2016, various agencies are issuing warnings against drunk driving, as well as preventative tips.

On March 10, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “Don’t Push Your Luck on St. Patrick’s Day.”  An excerpt from the release:

Beginning this weekend, through St. Patrick’s Day and the following weekend, Illinois law enforcement will be working overtime to crack down on drunk drivers. Officers will be conducting roadside safety checks, planning saturation patrols and strongly enforcing seatbelt laws to remind motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”

The press release also offers five tips for preventing drunk driving from happening.

On March 15, 2016, the Naperville Patch published an article titled “Drunken Drivers Make St. Patrick’s Day a Deadly Holiday:  Police.”  This article discusses various topics regarding drunk driving enforcement efforts by the Naperville Police, as well as providing various tips for preventing drunk driving, including picking a “designated driver” and not letting friends drive drunk.

A notable excerpt from the article:

Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. Even a sober driver is a risk if you are drinking and walking. Designated drivers: Be alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT press release and Naperville Patch articles mentioned above.