Crosswalks And Safety Concerns Posed By Their Usage

As previously discussed on this site, pedestrian accidents involving people who are walking in crosswalks at the time of the collision happen on a regular basis in the Chicago area.  As such, one question that has arisen is whether crosswalks offer a “false sense of security” for pedestrians and others, like joggers and bicyclists.

This issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalk use is of great importance. As seen in many pedestrian accidents summarized on this site a broad range of injuries, many serious, can occur when a person is hit by a car or other vehicle.   Many of these pedestrian accidents have led to fatal injuries.

The issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalks is discussed in the December 18, 2017 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “Walk at your own risk:  Drivers oblivious to suburban crosswalks.”  The article discusses various aspects of Illinois crosswalk use, as well as various problematical issues that are presented to those who attempt to use them to cross streets.  Among these problems is that cars don’t necessarily stop or slow down if pedestrians are at or in crosswalks, and that overall the situation is in many instances dangerous to walkers.

An excerpt from the article:

The zebra stripes and neon yellow sign invite you to cross. Drivers are supposed — indeed legally required — to stop. And yet, when Daily Herald journalists tested out suburban crosswalks, they found a survival-of-the fittest scenario with pedestrians on the losing side.

Illinois law requires drivers to stop for people within crosswalks and obligates pedestrians to take caution and not walk into the path of oncoming traffic.

But Daily Herald staff members not only encountered drivers who sped through crosswalks as they walked through, but they also experienced high-volume traffic that made it perilous to step onto the zebra stripes.


The Active Transportation Alliance studied crossing safety in 2014 and found 78 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur within 125 feet of an intersection, and that older pedestrians are most at risk in crosswalks.

“People are not aware of the law, and our streets are designed in a way that encourages people to speed and drive recklessly,” said Kyle Whitehead, the alliance’s government relations director.

As seen in the article, DuPage County crosswalks that are considered to be “Risky crosswalks” (10 busiest) are those at Lies Road east of Buckingham Drive in Carol Stream as well as Naperville Road and Tennyson Drive in Wheaton.

Additional details and additional information concerning this crosswalk safety issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Naperville Involved Motorist Drug Use

In the September 11, 2017 post titled “Naperville SUV-Motorcycle Collision Leads To Death Of Rider” a September 9, 2017 motorcycle accident in Naperville was summarized.  The accident happened at 75th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road.  As seen in that  post, the accident injuries led to the death of Calabria M. Taber, 21, of Maple Park.

As seen in many Illinois accidents, the accident involved a motorist attempting to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  The motorist was ticketed for failure to yield turning left.

Subsequent information has been made public with regard to the circumstances regarding the crash.

As discussed in various media sources, including the December 12, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “Teen had meth in his system at time of fatal Naperville crash, prosecutors say” as well as the December 13 Naperville Patch article titled “Meth Was In Teen’s System During Fatal Crash:  Prosecutors,” the 17-year-old male driver of the SUV that struck the motorcycle allegedly had meth in his system.  He has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI resulting in death.

Motorists who drive under the influence of drugs pose a large risk to motorcyclists for various reasons.  One of these reasons is that such drug-impaired motorists may have an even harder time “seeing” and properly driving around motorcycles.

The issue of impaired motorists and the hazard such drivers pose to other motorists and other road users – such as bicyclists and motorcyclists – is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  Various aspects involving drivers who are impaired by drug use are discussed, and the hazards that such drivers pose both to themselves as well as others.  Statistics concerning the increasing number of such accidents, as well as the drugs that are typically used by impaired motorists, are discussed.  As well, it is noted that drivers who mix drugs, or use alcohol in combination with drugs, are likely to be even more impaired while driving.

Additional details concerning this drug-impaired driving issue as it concerns motorcyclists can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

“Head-On Collision” On Route 53 Leads To Death Of Driver

There was a fatal multi-vehicle accident involving a “head-on collision” Thursday (December 7, 2017) on Route 53 in Romeoville.  According to Romeoville Police, the accident occurred at 5:43 p.m. on Route 53 between Renwick Road and Taylor Road.

The accident was a “chain-reaction crash” that involved a “head-on collision.” As is often the case with these “head-on” crashes, the collision happened after one car went into the lanes of oncoming traffic and collided with an oncoming car.

According to the Romeoville Police Department, the accident happened just south of Taylor Road and started when a driver, identified as David Muzzey, 58, was driving northbound in a Mercury when he “rear-ended” a Subaru.  The collision sent the Mercury into the opposing (southbound) lanes where it collided “head-on” with a Mini Cooper.  The Mini Cooper in turn struck a Chevy Silverado.  A Chevrolet Colorado was also hit during the “chain-reaction crash.”

According to the DuPage County Coroner’s Office, Muzzey, 58, of Romeoville, was pronounced dead Sunday evening at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  He suffered multiple traumatic injuries in the crash.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, identified as a 34-year-old Joliet man, was hurt and taken to Amita Bolingbrook Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

The other three drivers involved in the crash were not injured and refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

The Romeoville Police Department Traffic Unit is conducting the traffic accident investigation.  They ask those with information concerning the crash to call Officer Wagner at 815-886-7219 and refer to case number 17-4810.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal “head-on collision” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 13, 2017 Romeoville Patch article titled “Man Dies Days After Route 53 Crash As Police Seek Information,” the December 13 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in five-vehicle crash in Romeoville,” and the December 12 The Herald-News article titled “Romeoville man critically injured in Sunday collision succumbs to injuries.”

Fatal Darien Crash Involving Two Vehicles Leads To Death Of Driver

There was a fatal vehicle crash Friday evening (December 8, 2017) in Darien.  The accident resulted in the death of a woman from Lemont.

According to Darien Police, the accident occurred at the intersection of Clarendon Hills Rd. and 67th St. at approximately 5:47 p.m.

Details on the cause of the accident do not appear to be publicly available this time.

A woman involved in the accident, identified as Janina Petuchow, 52, of Lemont, died after being taken to Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove) for treatment of her accident injuries.  She was the driver of one of the vehicles.

The other driver was not injured.

An excerpt from the December 8, 2017 Lemont Patch article regarding the accident, titled “Lemont Woman, 52, Killed In Darien Car Crash:  Cops“:

Darien Police are working with the Major Crash Reconstruction Team from the Felony Investigation Assistance Team (FIAT) to investigate the cause of the accident. It is not yet known whether alcohol or drugs were a factor, police said.

Those who may have witnessed the crash or otherwise have information concerning it are asked to contact the Darien Police Department at 630-971-3999.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.