Motorcycle Crash In Unincorporated Naperville Injures Rider

There was a motorcycle crash Saturday night (May 27, 2017) in unincorporated Naperville.  As a result of the crash, the motorcyclist suffered what are considered to be life-threatening injuries.

Details on the crash are limited at this time.

According to preliminary accident investigation findings by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, first responders went to the accident scene at approximately 10:00 p.m.  The accident – which involved only the motorcycle – happened on Diehl Road, east of Raymond Drive.

The motorcyclist was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of accident injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 27, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Person injured in motorcycle crash in unincorporated Naperville” as well as the May 27 Naperville Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Airlifted To Hospital After Crash In Unincorporated Naperville:  Police.”

Multi-Vehicle Accident (MVA) In Bloomingdale Injures Two Drivers

There was a multi-vehicle accident Saturday (May 20, 2017) in Bloomingdale.

Details concerning the collision and its causes appear limited at this time.

According to Bloomingdale Police, there was a “serious traffic accident” involving three vehicles near Gary Avenue and Camden Drive.  First responders went to the scene at approximately 10:30 a.m.  Two drivers were injured and hospitalized as a result of the crash.

Additional details regarding the traffic collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 20 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “2 injured in multi-vehicle Bloomingdale crash.”

Whenever one is involved in a vehicle accident, there are a number of steps that should be quickly taken.  These steps generally involve actions that should be taken from both a medical as well as legal standpoint.  On this site, these issues are discussed extensively, including on the page titled “10 Steps To Take After A DuPage County Accident.”

Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits In Avoiding Crash Injuries

Wearing seat belts remains among the best preventative measures for avoiding serious injuries (including fatal injuries) during a vehicle accident.  Many aspects of seat belts (also called safety belts) and their safety benefits are discussed on the “Seat Belts As A DuPage County Injury Prevention Measure” page.

On May 19, 2017 the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “IDOT, Law Enforcement Urge Motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket’ as Summer Travel Season Begins.” (pdf)

Notable excerpts from the press release include:

“Wearing your seat belt is the law, but it’s also a matter of common sense,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Making the right choice to buckle up, every time, no matter where you are seated, substantially increases your chance of survival in the event of a crash. By buckling up and avoiding impaired driving, you can help keep Illinois roads safer for all who are traveling.”

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These unified efforts to crack down on unbuckled and impaired drivers come at a time when traffic fatalities are on the rise. Illinois has seen an increase in motor vehicle fatalities over the last two years. According to 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, 42 percent of nationwide motor vehicle fatalities involved unbuckled vehicle occupants.

Seat belts are designed to keep you positioned safely in a vehicle. Should a crash occur, a seat belt helps slow down the body, works in conjunction with the air bag and spreads force over a wider area of the body, lessening the likelihood of injury or ejection.

Additional details regarding the safety benefits of seat belts are seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal “Hit & Run” Route 83 Accident Near Willowbrook

There was a fatal “hit & run” collision late Wednesday night (May 17, 2017) in unincorporated Willowbrook.

According to information provided by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the collision involved a silver Nissan and another car.  The silver Nissan was heading southbound on Route 83 just before midnight when another vehicle – possibly an older Buick that was red or maroon – pulled out from Mockingbird Lane, and the two vehicles collided.  The red or maroon vehicle then fled the accident scene.

One person in the Nissan died at the accident scene, and four others were injured and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of their accident injuries.  The person who died was later identified as Abin Mathew, 26, of Westmont.

Those with information concerning the driver of the red or maroon vehicle that was involved in the crash, or any other information concerning the crash, are asked to call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office at (630) 407-2400.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County “hit & run” accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 18, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead, 4 injured in hit-and-run crash near Willowbrook” as well as the May 18 Daily Herald article titled “One dead in hit-and-run crash on Route 83 late Wednesday.”

Additional Information Regarding April 8, 2017 Fatal Naperville Collision

In the post titled “Fatal Car Accident In Naperville At Ogden Avenue And Feldott Lane” an April 8, 2017 fatal collision between a Naperville Police car and another car was summarized.

Recently additional information has been released with regard to the collision, which led to the death of Phyllis C. Manderson,  73, of Naperville.

Recent findings by the DuPage County Coroner are discussed in the May 11 Naperville Sun article titled “Woman killed in crash with Naperville cop failed to yield, coroner’s report says.”  Notable excerpts from this article include:

An investigative report authored by Deputy Coroner Philip Mayer, which compiled information he received from DuPage County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Pufundt, an unnamed Naperville police official and a paramedic, said Naperville resident Phyllis C. Manderson was making a turn and “apparently failed to yield” the right of way to the approaching police vehicle.

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Mayer said members of Manderson’s family insisted she “would not turn on a yellow light, and might (have) had a stroke or cardiac event.” Manderson had never received a traffic ticket, according to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

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DuPage County Chief Forensic Pathologist Hilary S. McElligott performed an autopsy April 10. Manderson suffered “multiple skeletal fractures” of her ribs, vertebrae, pelvis and upper extremities, and “died of multiple blunt-force injuries due to a motor vehicle accident,” McElligott concluded. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

Additional details regarding the crash as well as further discussion of Phyllis Manderson’s possible medical condition previous to the accident is seen in the article.

The May 12 Naperville Patch article titled “DuPage Coroner Issues Correction In Fatal Crash Involving Naperville Officer” also discusses the accident and additional clarifications made by DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen.

Additional details regarding this fatal Naperville collision can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Naperville Announces Participation In Traffic Safety Initiative

The City of Naperville announced in a May 8, 2017 press release (titled “Naperville Police will participate with other agencies in Rt. 59 traffic initiative on May 9“) that it would participate with other cities in DuPage County and surrounding areas for a traffic enforcement initiative.

Typically, these types of traffic safety initiatives focus on speeding, distracted driving, those not wearing seat belts, and those who drive while impaired on alcohol or drugs.

Excerpts from the press release include:

From Will County to Cook County, participating agencies will use education and traffic enforcement in an effort to increase the safety of motorists using the thoroughfare. Naperville Police Department’s efforts will concentrate on speed, distracted driving and occupant restraint violations as well as other safety violations.

The following police departments are expected to participate in the initiative: Naperville Police Department, Warrenville Police Department, Plainfield Police Department, Streamwood Police Department, Bartlett Police Department, and Wayne Police Department, among others.

Additional details can be seen in the press release mentioned above.