Fatal “Head-On” Collision In Unincorporated Bensenville

There was a fatal “head-on collision” Sunday afternoon in unincorporated Bensenville.   The crash involved two cars and a pickup truck.

According to the Bensenville Fire Department, fire department personnel began traveling to the accident scene at approximately 2:00 p.m.  The accident scene was at Grand Avenue and Crown Road.

The initial accident was a “head-on collision” involving a Ford Crown Victoria and Nissan sedan.  Following the crash, a pickup truck ran into one of the vehicles.

One person in the Nissan was killed in the collision.  Seven more people were hurt in the crash, and at least three of these people were critically injured.  The seven people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.

Crash scene photos show extensive damage to at least the Crown Victoria.

Details on the reasons for this collision do not appear to be publicly available at this time.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 31, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article (with crash scene photo) titled “Police:  1 dead, 7 injured in unincorporated Bensenville collision” as well as the July 31 CBS Chicago article (with crash scene photo) titled “Person Killed In Crash Near Bensenville.”

Driver Dies Days After Car Crash In Aurora, Illinois

There was a car crash Saturday (July 16, 2016) in Aurora after which the driver died a few days later.  The accident happened on Indian Trail Road at approximately 2:00 p.m., according to Aurora Police.

The accident involved an apparent vehicle loss of control.  According to Aurora Police, the man was attempting to turn south onto Mansfield Drive, when his vehicle suddenly turned back right at a high rate of speed.  In doing so, the car then ran over a raised median, went across westbound lanes, and hit several trees and bushes.  The car, a Cadillac CTS, came to a stop after hitting a tree in a back yard in the 1200 block of York Court.

The man was identified as Arnold G. Breitung, 90, of Aurora.

An excerpt from the July 22, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “90-year-old man dies 5 days after Aurora crash“:

Breitung, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, suffered head and spine injuries in the crash, according to police. There was no one else in the car.

Breitung was taken to a hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, and was later transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  He died on Thursday morning.

This fatal traffic accident is being investigated by the Aurora Police Traffic Division.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the July 22 Aurora Patch article titled “Aurora Man Dies from Injuries in Single-Vehicle Crash.”

Pavement Buckling As A DuPage County Road Hazard

Road hazards are a subject that has been discussed often on this site, as such road hazards can be hazardous to motorists and motorcyclists.  Road hazards can take many forms, including items that are sitting on the roadway or are falling off of other vehicles.  These items, including deer running across the roadway, often are unexpected and pose a challenge to drivers who are seeking to avoid hitting such objects.

As well, there are various types of road hazards relating to pavement deformities, including potholes, broken pavement, uneven pavement, large cracks, and gravel.

Many types of road hazards are further discussed on the DuPage County Road Hazards page.

One type of road hazard that is both unexpected and potentially (very) dangerous to motorists is that of buckling pavement.  This typically happens during high outdoor temperatures, and typically involves a substantial, unforeseen “bump” forming on the roadway as the pavement breaks apart and rises.  While this pavement buckling is rare, it does happen.  One recent example in the Chicago area was seen on South Lake Shore Drive in July 2016, and is discussed in the July 12, 2016 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “The Reason Lake Shore Drive Pavement Buckles.”

On July 20, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a warning about pavement buckling, given that Chicago area weather (along with other weather in the region) is expected to climb well into the 90-100 degree range.  The IDOT news release is titled “Extreme Heat Could Lead to Pavement Failures.” (pdf)  An Excerpt from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging motorists to be on the alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the recent rainfall and extreme heat in the forecast. The combination of very high temperatures and precipitation can lead to pavement expanding and ultimately buckling or blowing out, causing uneven driving surfaces in some areas. As long as the heat and humidity persists, IDOT will be monitoring the situation, with crews available to make repairs as quickly as possible if they are needed.

Additional details regarding this possible pavement buckling can be seen in the IDOT and CBS Chicago sources mentioned above.

Accident On I-290 Leads To The Death Of Two People

There was a fatal accident on I-290 near Elmhurst on Saturday, July 16, 2016.  The accident happened east of North Avenue.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the collision happened at approximately 4:14 p.m. Saturday, when a 2008 Acura “rear-ended” a Nissan.

The Nissan then hit the rear of a semi truck’s trailer.

Two passengers in the Nissan, identified as Robert J. Fridlund, 82, and Norine D. Fridlund, 77, of Elk Grove Village, died following this MVA (multi-vehicle accident.)

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal expressway crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 16, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “2 die after crash on I-290 near Elmhurst” as well as the July 17 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Two die in I-290 crash near Elmhurst.”

Motorcyclist Dies Following Accident In Aurora

There was a motorcycle accident in Aurora on Sunday (July 10, 2016) after which the motorcyclist died.  The accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and car.

The motorcyclist was identified as Juan J. Ortega, 34, of Montgomery.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of July 14, 2016, titled “Motorcycle rider dies after weekend crash in Aurora“:

Traffic Investigators said Ortega was riding a 2005 Suzuki GSX motorcycle north on Farnsworth when he tried to make a right turn into the Chicago Premium Outlets Mall. Instead, he turned in front of a 2007 Nissan Maxima driven by Daniel Sanchez-Hernandez, 33, of the 900 block of Pearl Street, Aurora.

Ortega’s motorcycle hit the front of the car.  He was ejected from the motorcycle during the collision, and he hit the car’s windshield before falling to the street.

Ortega suffered massive head injuries during the accident.  He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his accident injuries.   He died Monday at 1:25 a.m.

He was not wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the accident.

Sanchez-Hernandez and three children in his car were not injured during the collision.

Another excerpt from the Daily Herald article mentioned above:

Sanchez-Hernandez was charged with improper lane use. There were no outward signs of drug or alcohol use at the scene.

Additional details regarding this fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above, as well as the July 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dies after crash near outlet mall in Aurora.”

Motorcycle Involved In Multi-Vehicle Accident In Naperville

There was a car-motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon (July 12, 2016) in Naperville.   The accident happened near Chicago Avenue and Naper Boulevard, as pictured below:

The crash involved a Nissan Murano and a motorcycle and happened at approximately 2:15 p.m.

An excerpt from the July 13 Positively Naperville article titled “Naperville first responders investigate serious traffic crash“:

Initial investigation indicates that the Murano was traveling westbound on Chicago Av. and turned left onto southbound Naper Blvd in front of the Harley Davidson, which was eastbound Chicago Av., with the right of way.

The driver of the 2008 Nissan Murano, Franklin Fisher, has been cited for Failure to Yield- Turning Left.

The motorcyclist was identified as Brian Spravka, 28, of Naperville.  He and his passenger, Julianne Burton, 25, of Morton Grove, were taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be life-threatening in nature.

A third person refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

This accident remains under investigation by the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit.  Those with information concerning the crash are asked to call Naperville Police at 630-420-8833.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County car-motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Positively Naperville article mentioned above, as well as the July 13, 2016 Naperville Sun article titled “Cops:  2 hospitalized after Naperville motorcycle crash” and the July 13 Daily Herald article titled “Serious injuries reported in Naperville crash.”

 

Fatal Car Crash In Unincorporated Naperville

There was a fatal car crash Monday afternoon (July 11, 2016) in unincorporated Naperville.  According to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the accident involved two vehicles.

The details regarding this DuPage County accident are somewhat limited.  The cause of the crash do not appear to be publicly available at this time.

The crash occurred at Book Road and 83rd Street, as pictured below:

One occupant in a vehicle, identified as Linda Engel, 65, of Naperville, was taken to Edward Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Two people in the other vehicle were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.

Those with information concerning this fatal accident are asked to call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office at 630-407-2400.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 12 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “65-year-old woman dies after Naperville crash” as well as the July 12 Naperville Patch article titled “Naperville Woman Dies Following 2-Vehicle Crash.”

Driver Charged In Crash Involving Naperville Police Car

There was a car crash in Naperville early Saturday morning (July 9, 2016) in which a driver “rear-ended” an unoccupied Naperville Police car, and then fled the accident scene.  The driver was charged with DUI in relation to the accident.

According to Naperville Police, the accident happened on 75th Street just west of Book Road.  This intersection is shown below:

At the time of the crash, the police car had its emergency lights on.  At the time, the Naperville Police officers – none of whom were injured during the collision – were investigating a previous traffic accident.

The driver was later pulled over.  He was identified as Kevin F. Kauper, 46, of Bolingbrook.

As seen in the July 12, 2016 Naperville Sun article titled  “Man accused of driving into parked Naperville police car,” at the time of the accident Kauper “… had a blood-alcohol content of .21 at the time of his arrest, police Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck said. A motorist is considered to be legally drunk under Illinois law with a blood-alcohol content of .08.”

An excerpt from the July 11 Naperville Patch article, titled “Driver Allegedly Crashed Into Naperville Squad Car, Kept Going“:

Kevin F. Kauper, 46, was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to provide information, failure to reduce speed approaching an emergency vehicle, improper lane use and unsafe tires, according to the Daily Herald.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County crash in which the driver was charged with DUI can be seen in the media sources mentioned above.

Driver Dies Following Van Crash In Naperville

There was a fatal crash early Monday (July 11, 2016) in Naperville.  The accident involved a Dodge ProMaster van crashing and catching fire.

According to Naperville Police, the van was heading southbound in the 1400 block of North Washington Street at 1:43 a.m.  At that time, for a reason currently undisclosed, the driver lost control, and the van left the roadway, and then collided with a tree.  The van caught on fire.

The Naperville Fire Department responded to the accident scene.  The driver was found in the van, and he died at the accident scene.

Those with information concerning this DuPage County fatal accident are asked to call the Naperville Police Department at (630) 305-5379.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 11, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Driver of van killed in fiery crash in Naperville” as well as the July 11 Naperville Patch article titled “Driver Dead After Van Crashes into Tree, Catches Fire.”

DUI Enforcement Efforts In Carol Stream

On June 28, 2016 The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists of Schaumburg, Illinois published their 26th Annual DUI Arrest Survey. (pdf)

The survey covers DUI arrests for the year 2015. Nearly 700 Illinois police agencies were surveyed and 81% responded.

Notable excerpts from the Press Release include:

The Carol Stream and Rockford Police Departments are first in the state in DUI arrests among municipal departments with 464 arrests for 2015. (Because of its size, Chicago is in its own category.) Both of these departments have consistently ranked within the top eight departments in AAIM’s survey since 2007. “The men and women of this department work extremely hard arresting offenders that present a danger to all the people within the community. I am very proud to work with people dedicated to making the lives of all of our residents a little safer,” states Carol Stream Police Chief Ed Sailer.

As seen in the AAIM statistics, Carol Stream had 464 DUI arrests in 2015, which equates to a “DUI Arrest Rate” of 7.61 per officer.

The CBS Chicago segment (with video) of July 1, 2016, titled “Western Suburb Police Force Claims Title For Most DUI Busts In 2015” further discusses the driving under the influence enforcement efforts of Carol Stream.  Also mentioned is enforcement efforts to stop those driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana and heroin.

Additional details regarding these drunk driving enforcement efforts can be seen in the AAIM and CBS Chicago sources mentioned above.