“Head-On” Collision In Oakbrook Terrace Injures Five People

There are various reasons that “head-on” collisions occur.  As discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page, there can be many reasons why such crashes occur.  While many such accidents involve a car “crossing the center line” and colliding with an oncoming vehicle, other such crashes involve (substantial) driver impairment.

This driver impairment can be caused by many factors; however, driving after drinking (i.e. “drunk driving”) continues to be a leading factor.

This driver impairment has led to various “wrong-way driver” accidents in the Chicago area, including many that have led to serious injuries and fatalities.

Two drivers have been charged with DUI regarding a recent accident in Oakbrook Terrace, which involved a “head-on” collision.  The accident occurred on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

An excerpt regarding the collision, from the Chicago Tribune article of August 31, 2017, titled “Head-on crash in Oakbrook Terrace leads to DUI charges – for both drivers” as well as the August 30 Daily Herald article titled “Both drivers in Oakbrook Terrace crash charged with DUI.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article:

Authorities said Sean Maroney, a 20-year-old Ohio resident, was driving into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of Roosevelt Road when he crashed head-on into a car driven by a Lombard woman.

Both Maroney as well as the other driver and three other vehicle occupants were hurt and hospitalized for treatment of their accident injuries.  These accident injuries were considered to be “non-life threatening” in nature.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Police Car “Rear-Ended” During Crash In Carol Stream

There was a car accident Sunday evening (August 20, 2017) in Carol Stream.  The accident involved a car that “rear-ended” a police car on North Avenue near Schmale Road.

According to information provided by Carol Stream Police, the accident happened at 6:46 p.m.  A Carol Stream Police car had pulled over on the shoulder of westbound North Avenue near Schmale Road as part of a traffic stop.  At that time, another vehicle drove onto the shoulder and “rear-ended” the parked police car.  An accident scene photo indicates the extent of the vehicle damage.

Two Carol Stream Police Officers were hurt during the collision and taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield for treatment of their accident injuries.  The injuries sustained were considered to be non-life threatening in nature and both were released from the hospital.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the rear of the police car suffered minor injuries, which he was treated for at GlenOaks Medical Center in Glendale Heights.

An excerpt regarding the driver of the vehicle that ran into the police car, from the August 21, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article (with accident scene photo) titled “Police:  Driver falls asleep, crashes into squad car in Carol Stream“:

He told police he fell asleep behind the wheel. He was issued five citations, including failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, driving on the shoulder and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

The accident investigation continues and is being conducted by the DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Task Force.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County vehicle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the August 21 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Police:  Driver Falls Asleep, Crashes Into Squad Car In Carol Stream.”

Pedestrian Accident On North Frontage Road In Darien

There was a pedestrian accident early Sunday morning (August 20, 2017) in Darien.

Details on the crash are somewhat limited.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to Darien Police, a woman was struck by a car at 5:00 a.m. Sunday.  The accident scene was at North Frontage Road, just west of Bailey.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Darien Patch article of August 20, 2017 titled “Pedestrian, 23, Struck By Car In Darien:  Police“:

The pedestrian, Emily Houska, 23, of Darien, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment, according to the release. Her condition is unknown at this time. Police said the driver of the vehicle was not injured and is cooperating. No charges have been filed at this time.

She later died.  The obituary can be found at this link.

A crash reconstruction is being conducted as part of the accident investigation.  Those with information regarding the crash are asked to call Detective K. Price at 630-353-8329.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Darien Patch article mentioned above.

Accident Attributed To Truck Driving Too Fast For Conditions

There are many reasons why a loss of vehicle control may occur.  The overall topic of loss of vehicle control that leads to vehicle accidents – including accident injuries and legal issues stemming from such crashes – is discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving Loss Of Control” page.

One factor that may lead to a loss of control accident is if a driver is traveling “too fast for conditions.”  While there may be many reasons why traveling at a certain speed would be considered “driving too fast for conditions,” generally adverse weather conditions (e.g. fog, snow, heavy rain, ice) and/or heavy traffic are common factors that might lead to such a determination.

There was a three-vehicle crash on I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) near Oak Brook at the Cermak Toll plaza August 14, 2017.  The accident allegedly involved a semi truck driving too fast for conditions.  The semi truck “rear-ended” a SUV.  The SUV then “rear-ended” another semi truck.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Chicago Sun-Times article of August 14, 2017 titled “3-vehicle crash slowing northbound I-294 near Cermak Toll“:

The drivers were taken to hospitals in Elmhurst, Hinsdale and Maywood, but the extent of their injuries was not known.

Additional details regarding this crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.

“Head-On” Collision In Glendale Heights Leads To Death Of Driver

There was a fatal “head-on” collision early Tuesday morning (August 1, 2017) in Glendale Heights.

An excerpt from the August 1, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Bartlett man killed in head-on crash in Glendale Heights“:

Jasso Jair Molina was driving east in the westbound lanes of Army Trail Road around 12:50 a.m. Tuesday when his vehicle struck another vehicle that was traveling west in the center lane, according to a news release from the Glendale Heights Police Department. The head-on collision happened near the intersection of Army Trail and George Bell Drive.

Molina, of Bartlett, was declared dead at the accident scene.

Two occupants of the other vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be minor injuries.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Glendale Heights Police Department with assistance from the DuPage Crash Accident Reconstruction Team.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above as well as the CBS Chicago article of August 1 titled “1 Killed In Glendale Heights Crash.”