The Recent Increase In Driving While Intoxicated On Drugs

Many DuPage County accidents involve drunk drivers, and many of these accidents cause serious – if not fatal – accident injuries.  On this site, various DuPage County DUI accidents are summarized in posts under the “DuPage County DUI” category.  However, it should be noted that driving after drug use is also a growing concern, and has been seen in at least two recent Chicago-area accidents.  The intoxication that occurs before (and in some cases during) driving can take many forms, including injecting, snoring, and inhaling drugs, as well as sniffing and “huffing” of chemicals.

The abc7chicago.com article (with video) of December 27, 2016, titled “Man did heroin, other drugs before Riverside crash, police say” discusses the increase in so-called “drugged driving.”  An excerpt:

According to a recent national survey on drug use and health, 10 million people, age 12 or older, admitted to taking illicit drugs and driving during the year prior to being surveyed.

Officer Brian Greenenwald, a drug recognition expert, has made more than 500 DUI arrests in his 10-year career with the Riverside Police Department. He told ABC7 Eyewitness News more and more, the drivers he pulls over are under the influence of drugs – not alcohol.

“Heroin, cocaine, cannabis, meth, as well as prescription drugs,” Greenenwald said.

Another accident involving alleged drug use by the driver, for which the driver has been charged, happened on Friday night (December 23, 2016) in Riverside.  The incident is discussed in the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the December 27 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Man did heroin, other drugs before Riverside crash.”  An excerpt:

A Southwest Side man admitted to using heroin, smoking marijuana and ingesting Xanax while driving before being involved in a crash Friday evening in in west suburban Riverside, police said.

The articles highlighted above provide further details regarding the accident, and felony charges and citations received by the driver.

Oak Brook Tri-State Tollway Multi-Vehicle Accident

There was a five-vehicle wreck on the Tri-State Tollway in Oak Brook.  The accident happened on Wednesday (December 21, 2016) at 5:31 a.m., according to the Illinois State Police (ISP).

Details on the wreck appear limited at this time.  It is unclear as to what caused the collision or what party may be at fault.

One of the vehicles was a Cook County Sheriff’s squad car.  The deputy in the car was injured in the crash, and taken to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 21, 2016 Lisle Patch article titled “Tri-State Tollway Crash:  5-Vehicle Accident Creates Major Delays; Duputy Hurt” as well as the December 21 CBS Chicago article (with crash scene photo) titled “Cook County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Injured In 5-Vehicle Tri-State Crash.”

Traffic Safety Initiative Results Reported By St. Charles Police

The St. Charles Police Department’s Thanksgiving holiday period traffic safety enforcement statistics have been released.  This enforcement effort, and others like it, typically are aimed at stopping drivers who are driving while intoxicated (DUI) or impaired on drugs, or are otherwise operating a vehicle in an unsafe or illegal manner.

The results are summarized in the December 8, 2016 Batavia Patch article titled “St. Charles PD Releases Arrest Numbers from Holiday Enforcement Effort.”

An excerpt from the article highlighting the results from the 14-day enforcement period, which was part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” traffic safety campaigns, which is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT):

During this enforcement period, which was held Nov. 14 through Nov. 28, St. Charles officers assigned to the extra patrols made four DUI arrests, one drug arrest; one Driving While License Suspended arrest and issued nine citations for speeding, six citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and six citations for other offenses. Detail officers also issued 21 written warning tickets for various equipment and other violations, according to a news release.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County traffic safety initiative can be seen in the Batavia Patch article mentioned above.

Naperville Pedestrian Accident At Route 59 And Brookdale

When a vehicle strikes a person (i.e. a pedestrian accident happens) serious – and possibly life-threatening – injuries often occur.  These accident injuries can vary widely, depending upon various characteristics of the crash.  Various aspects of such pedestrian accidents – including those that have occurred in DuPage County – are further discussed on the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

According to the City of Naperville, in a December 5, 2016 news release titled “Naperville Police investigate serious traffic crash, intersection of Rt. 59 at Brookdale,” a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle early in the morning of Sunday, December 4, 2016.  The accident happened at the intersection of Route 59 at Brookdale Road in Naperville.

First responders, including Naperville Police and the Naperville Fire Department, went to the accident scene at approximately 12:50 a.m.  At the accident scene was a 2011 Honda and a pedestrian.

Preliminary crash investigation findings indicate that the Honda was southbound on Route 59, and the pedestrian was attempting to walk west across Route 59 at Brookdale Road, when the Honda hit the pedestrian.

The pedestrian received medical attention at the scene and was described as being “seriously injured.”  The person was then taken to Edward Hospital for further medical treatment of the injuries.

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

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

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any additional information regarding the crash is 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 December 5 Naperville Patch article titled “Pedestrian Seriously Injured After Being Hit by Car in Naperville.”

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.”