Prison Sentence For Driver In West Chicago Fatal DUI Crash

A December 2014 fatal DUI crash in West Chicago that resulted in the death of Antonio Alvarez, 37, of Warrenville, has been discussed on this site in the following two posts:

While this site typically focus on DuPage County accidents and the civil actions – typically personal injury lawsuits – that accompany injuries stemming from such injuries, this crash is notable in many regards.

Two excerpts from the March 27, 2017 Chicago Tribune article (“Man gets 5-year sentence for fatal DUI crash in West Chicago“) regarding the prison sentence for the driver, Omar Montoya-Medina, 31, of West Chicago:

A West Chicago man who was driving drunk at almost 100 mph when he struck and killed another motorist was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.


Assistant State’s Attorney Demetri Demopoulos asked for a 10-year prison term for Montoya-Medina and said the crash was wholly preventable.

“Once again, drinking and driving has destroyed a family,” the prosecutor said. A blood test taken after the crash showed Montoya-Medina’s blood-alcohol was 0.16 percent, which is double the legal limit, Demopoulos said.

Additional details concerning the fatal accident and its consequnces can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

I-88 Fatal Car Crash In Oak Brook Involving Loss Of Vehicle Control

There was a fatal car accident early Sunday morning (March 26, 2017) on Interstate 88 (I-88) in Oak Brook.

According to preliminary crash investigation information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP), the crash happened at 2:17 a.m. when a driver of a 2003 Lincoln LS traveling eastbound on I-88, west of York Road, lost control of the car.

After the loss of vehicle control, the car hit a guardrail and then struck a 2002 Lincoln LS that was in the middle of the expressway.

An excerpt regarding accident injuries resulting from the crash, as seen in the March 26 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead, 3 injured in crash on I-88 in Oak Brook“:

A passenger in the silver Lincoln, a 23-year-old woman from Chicago, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver, a 22-year-old woman from Chicago, and two passengers from the car, 23-year-old Chicago women, were all taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. During the crash, one of the passengers was ejected from the vehicle.

Additional details regarding this fatal DuPage County car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the March 26 Daily Herald article titled “Woman killed in crash on Interstate 88 in Oak Brook.”

2017 Road Construction Plans In DuPage County, Illinois

Often roads that experience high numbers of accidents will be targeted for safety improvements.  Such traffic safety improvements can take a number of forms, and may include new and/or improved traffic lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices.  As well, additional and/or widened lanes can serve to improve traffic safety and to relieve traffic congestion.

Recently The County of DuPage has announced its 2017 Proposed Construction Program.  As seen on the construction announcement:

The 2017 Proposed Construction Program incorporates the County’s priority to maintain our existing infrastructure while at the same time implementing projects to improve safety and relieve congestion.  In 2017, approximately 42 lane miles of County highways are proposed to be patched and resurfaced to improve rideability and to extend the service life of these roadways.  Major projects include improvements on County Farm Road, Powis Rd at Illinois 64, Winfield Road, 75th Street.  County Farm Road from Schick Road to Lake Street will undergo safety improvements including a right turn lane addition at Schick Road, median separation through the “S” curve and high friction resurfacing.  Powis Road at Illinois 64 will be widened and permanent signals installed.  Winfield Road bridge over Springbrook Creek will be rehabilitated.  Finally, 75th Street at Book Road intersection improvements will include lengthening the existing left turn lanes on 75th Street, constructing a southbound right turn lane and modernizing the traffic signal to provide left on arrow only for 75th Street.  The 2017 Proposed Construction Program totals $21.3M.

Additional details can be seen on the County of DuPage site as well as the March 13, 2017 article titled “DuPage County announces $21.3 million in 2017 highway construction projects.”

Hit & Run Pedestrian Accident In Lisle Seriously Injures Man

There was a “hit & run” pedestrian accident Wednesday evening (March 2, 2017) in Lisle.  The accident involved a 62-year-old man was struck by two vehicles.

According to Lisle Police, police responded to the accident scene at 6:08 p.m.  The accident scene was in the 1000 block of Maple Avenue.

The 62-year-old man was found unresponsive and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove for treatment of accident injuries described as “serious injuries.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of March 2, 2017, titled “Lisle cops search for second SUV in hit-and-run that injured man“:

During an investigation that closed eastbound Maple Avenue for three hours, officers determined that after the man was struck by an initial vehicle, he was then struck by a blue Chevrolet Equinox. The driver of the second vehicle did not stop or report the accident.

Those with information concerning the crash are asked to contact the Lisle Police Department at (630) 271-4200.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the March 2 Naperville Patch article titled “62-Year-Old Hit By Two Vehicles:  Lisle Police.”