Four-Car Accident In Oak Brook Leads To One Fatality And Various Injured

There was a fatal Oak Brook four-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, November 30, 2017.  Preliminary investigation results indicate that a pickup truck ran a red light, thus causing a collision.  As seen in many Illinois accidents in which a vehicle runs a red light, a serious accident occurred involving one fatality and others being injured.

According to information provided by the Oak Brook Police Department, the accident happened at Midwest Road and 22nd Street in Oak Brook.

An excerpt from the November 30, 2017 The Doings article (with accident scene photo) titled “Glen Ellyn man killed in four-vehicle crash in Oak Brook“:

Chen Tien had no passengers in his silver Toyota Prius when he was struck at 1:24 p.m. by a red Chevrolet truck driven by a 53-year-old Park Forest man, according to Oak Brook police.

The truck was headed north on Midwest Road and went through a red light at 22nd Street, said Oak Brook officer Garrett Wolf. The truck struck the Prius, along with a Ford Taurus with two Chicago residents inside, and a gray Lexus, driven by a Hinsdale man.

At the time of the crash, the vehicles hit by the pickup truck were westbound on 22nd Street and in the intersection.  The pickup truck was heading north on Midwest Road and was reported to be driven in an erratic fashion.

Tien, 84, of Glen Ellyn, was pronounced dead after being taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

Also hospitalized with accident injuries were the driver of the Chevrolet truck and the two people in the Ford Taurus.  The driver in the Lexus refused medical attention.

This fatal DuPage County accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 30 Lisle Patch article titled “Glen Ellyn Man Killed In Car Crash.”

SUV Runs Red Light And Accident Occurs In St. Charles

There was a three-car collision Thursday morning (November 30, 2017) in St. Charles.  The accident was a “chain-reaction” crash which began after a SUV allegedly ran a red light.  As seen in many Chicago area instances in which a vehicle “blows through” a stop, a significant accident followed.

According to St. Charles Police, first responders went to the accident scene, which was at the intersection of Peck Road and West Main Street in St. Charles, at approximately 8:00 a.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Kane County Chronicle article titled “St. Charles man hospitalized following 3-car St. Charles crash“:

Mehgan Taylor, 29, of Sycamore was driving a 2011 Buick Enclave east on West Main Street when she disobeyed a red light and struck a southbound 2006 Chevrolet Impala on Peck Road. A 33-year-old St. Charles man was driving the Chevy. His vehicle spun and struck a 2003 Honda Pilot, which a 26-year-old St. Charles woman was driving north on Peck Road.

The 33-year-old St. Charles driver was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva with accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Another excerpt from the article:

“Two witnesses were able to say that the Buick went through a red light,” Kintz said.

Taylor was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “chain-reaction” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Kane County Chonicle article mentioned above.

Seat Belt Usage As An Injury Preventative Measure

Wearing a seat belt continues to be among the best ways to prevent accident injuries should a crash occur.  The many benefits of wearing a seat belt – as well as the types of adverse outcomes that can occur if a seat belt is not being worn during a vehicle accident – is discussed on the “Seat Belts As A DuPage County Injury Prevention Measure” page.  As discussed on that page, one of the primary benefits of wearing a seat belt is that by doing so a person is far less likely to be ejected during a vehicle accident.  For those unaware, being ejected from a vehicle means that the vehicle occupant is partially or fully thrown from the vehicle.  As also discussed, should someone be ejected from the vehicle, a broad range of serious accident injuries can occur, and often these injuries lead to fatalities.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a media release on November 21, 2017 titled “IDOT, ISP to Motorists:  Survive the Thanksgiving Drive.” (pdf)  Among statistics cited in the release are those regarding the percentage of fatal crashes in which vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of a crash.

Notable excerpts include:

IDOT is partnering with the Illinois State Police and more than 150 law enforcement agencies to increase patrols and checkpoints throughout the state. The enforcement effort began Nov. 17 and runs through the early morning hours of Nov. 27. A high concentration of patrols will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when seat-belt use declines and a higher percentage of alcohol related crashes and fatalities occur.

Though the seat-belt usage rate in Illinois in 2016 was 93 percent, those who travel unbuckled represent a large percentage of traffic-related fatalities. Of the 1,078 people who died in 2016 crashes, only 57 percent were wearing their seat belt. Illinois law requires that all vehicle occupants wear seat belts. Not wearing a seat belt drastically increases the occupant’s risk of being injured or killed in the event of a crash.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Man Struck By Car In Naperville Dies Following Accident

Often, when a vehicle hits a person serious accident injuries occur.  Many of these accidents lead to fatalities.  The topic of pedestrian accidents, highlighting those that have happened in DuPage County, is further discussed on the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

As discussed on that page, there are a broad range of accident injuries that can occur when a car hits a person.  Of particular concern is various medical and legal issues that can arise due to the accident.

Early this morning (Tuesday, November 21, 2017) there was a fatal accident in which a car struck a person in Naperville.   At the time of the accident, the man struck was attempting to change a tire.

The accident is discussed in various media sources, including the November 21, 2017 Naperville Patch article titled “Man Fatally Struck By Car While Changing Tire:  Naperville Police” as well as the  November 21, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man changing tire fatally struck by car in Naperville.”

An excerpt from the Naperville Patch article:

Naperville police responded to the scene at 75th Street and Fort Hill Drive at 12:01 a.m. The victim, a 26-year-old man from Itasca, pulled his blue, 2004 Kia Optima to the side of the road to change his tire. A 28-year-old driver of a black Subaru Impreza, from Millington, was heading east on 75th Street toward Book Road when the impact occurred.

The 26-year-old man who was struck was declared dead after being taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville.

The accident investigation, including an accident reconstruction, is being conducted by the Naperville Police Traffic Unit.  At this time no citations have been issued with regard to the accident.

Those with information concerning this fatal accident are asked to contact the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-420-8833.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Driver Drug Use Cited In Fatal DuPage County Motorcycle Accident

Drivers impaired by drug use (often called “drugged driving”) is a growing problem in the Chicago area as well as throughout the nation.  The drugs typically involved vary, but common drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other opiates.  Prescription drugs – either legal or illegal – can also be involved.  Various legal and medical aspects of this traffic safety issue – as well as Chicago-area accident in which “drugged driving” was involved – are discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

Additional information has become available concerning a fatal April 17, 2015 DuPage County motorcycle accident in which drug use is alleged.  The accident occurred in Burr Ridge.

That fatal motorcycle accident was originally discussed in the April 18, 2015 post titled “Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Burr Ridge.”  The motorcyclist who was killed was identified as Daniel Dacanay, 30, of Chicago.

The additional information concerning the accident as well as the alleged drug use by the driver (Fawzi Ottman, 45, of Chicago) of the Chevrolet Impala that struck Dacaney is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 2, 2017 The Doings article titled “Chicago man pleads guilty to DUI in DuPage County crash that killed motorcyclist” as well as the November 3 Daily Herald articel titled “Report:  Chicago man pleads guilty to being intoxicated during 2015 fatal DuPage County crash.”

An excerpt from The Doings article:

Fawzi Ottman, 45, of the 4900 block of West Potomac Avenue, entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated DUI involving a death in exchange for DuPage County prosecutors agreeing to drop other counts. Ottman faces a prison sentence of three to 14 years and is not eligible for probation, prosecutors said.

An excerpt from The Daily Herald article with regard to the drug use:

Ottman had opiates, heroin and marijuana in his system at the time of the fatal accident.

Additional details concerning this fatal DuPage County motorcycle accident and the problem of drivers impaired by drug use can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Pedestrian Accident In Woodridge Leads To Death Of Woman

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Tuesday night (October 31, 2017) in Woodridge.

According to authorities, the accident occurred at 7:49 p.m. at Route 53 and High Tail Drive.  This area is shown below:

scene of Woodridge fatal pedestrian accident

At that time, a woman who was on the north side of the intersection was hit by a vehicle.  As a result of the collision, the pedestrian was seriously injured.

The woman, identified as Cindy Higgins, 45, of Woodridge, was taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.  She died there.

According to the DuPage County Coroner’s Office, she died from blunt force injuries.

An excerpt from the November 1, 2017 Daily Herald article on the pedestrian crash titled “Woodridge woman struck, killed by vehicle on Route 53

Police called in the Major Crash Reconstruction Team from the DuPage County Felony Investigative Assistance Team because of the severity of the crash, Hoff said. The probe continues and no charges or citations have been issued.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 2, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman fatally struck by vehicle in Woodridge.”