Naperville Car Crash Results In Driver Being Fatally Injured

There was a fatal car crash Sunday (February 25, 2018) in Naperville.  The accident appears to have involved a loss of control caused by currently undetermined reasons.  It was a single-vehicle crash.

According to Naperville Police, the accident occurred as a Mercedes Benz CLS63 was traveling westbound on 87th Street, near Modaff Road.   At 7:09 p.m., the car left the roadway and hit a tree.

The driver was taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He later died there.  The driver was identified as Jason Schaus, 41, of Naperville.

This fatal DuPage County crash remains under investigation by the Naperville Police Department.

Those who may have witnessed the crash or otherwise have information concerning it are asked to call the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-420-8833.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 26, 2018 Naperville Sun article titled “Naperville man, 41, dies after Mercedes strikes tree” as well as the February 26 Naperville Patch article titled “Naperville Man, 41, Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree.”

Use Of Electronic Communication Device Cited In Fatal Accident

A fatal November 21, 2017 accident in Naperville in which a man was struck by a car is discussed in the post titled “Man Struck By Car In Naperville Dies Following Accident.”

Additional details regarding the accident have become available.

This additional information is seen in various media sources, including the February 23, 2018 Positively Naperville article titled “Police provide update to fatal traffic crash.”

As seen in the article, Naperville Police have said that the driver of the car (Steven R. Holmes) has been charged with aggravated use of an electronic communication device and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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

On this site, the topic of distracted driving is further discussed on the “Distracted Driving” page.  As seen on that page, distracted driving can be caused by the driver being involved in many different activities while driving.  While many different activities can lead to distracted driving, the most common action is texting while driving.

The increase in distracted driving over the last few years has been cited as a major cause of vehicle accidents.

DuPage County Accidents Involving Alcohol And Drugs

An accident involving drugs (one driver’s alleged drug use) as well as the lawsuits and court rulings concerning the accident, are discussed in the February 20, 2018 Cook County Record article titled “IL Supreme Court calls for fix of rules apportioning blame in multi-car crashes…”  As seen in the article, a November 2, 2013 accident occurred on Interstate 88 (I-88) near Naperville.   The three-vehicle accident involved a driver who allegedly had cocaine in his system at the time of the crash.  One of the drivers involved in the crash was said to have “severe permanent injuries” resulting from the crash.

One of the most significant traffic safety issues is impaired drivers.  While drunk driving has been a leading cause of traffic accidents for many years, drivers who are impaired by drug use has also become a leading cause for traffic accidents.  The subject of drug-impaired driving, especially as it relates to DuPage County, is discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

As discussed on that page, there are many drugs that can cause significant amounts of impairment.  These drugs can be both illegal as well as legal (prescription) drugs that are being abused or misused.  Among the most common drugs used by drug-impaired drivers are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.  However, there are many other drugs that can be used.

Impairment that is caused by drug use can be increased if two or more are used at the same time.  This “mixed drug use” can have hard-to-predict effects on a driver’s ability to drive.

Another factor that can cause the level of impairment to increase is if there is the consumption of alcohol along with the drug use.

On this site, DuPage County accidents in which impaired drivers are involved in accidents are summarized in posts found under the “DuPage County DUI” category.

Trends Concerning Motor-Vehicle Deaths In The U.S.

Motor-vehicle deaths and the national trends is discussed in the February 16, 2018 Wall Street Journal article titled “U.S. Road-Death Rates Remain Near 10-Year High.”   The article discusses trends in fatal vehicle accidents, as well as technologies that are utilized to improve driving safety.

Notable excerpts include:

U.S. motor-vehicle deaths remained near decade-high levels in 2017, an indication U.S. roadways aren’t getting any safer, even as auto makers equip cars with more safety gear and many other developed countries make notable strides in reducing highway fatalities.
The National Safety Council said Thursday traffic-related fatalities hit 40,100 last year, the second year in a row the 40,000 mark was surpassed.
Motor-vehicle deaths had steadily declined in the decade leading to 2016. But a surge in driver distraction, increased miles driven and other factors have driven the closely watched number up at an alarming rate.
Among the safety features that are mentioned in the article are blind spot alert, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist (lka.)  Statistics as to how many vehicles sold have these technologies are shown in the article.
Another issue that is discussed in the article is that of drug-impaired driving.  An excerpt from the article:
NHTSA in March will launch a campaign against drug-impaired driving, which it has identified as key to reducing traffic fatalities. “We know that many people switch between use of alcohol and illicit drugs, or consume them together, and we need to consider both,” Heidi King, the agency’s de facto chief, said during the hearing before a House panel.
On this site, that traffic safety issue and how it impacts DuPage County is discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  As seen on that page, accidents in which the driver is impaired by drug use (often referred to as “drugged driving”) has been increasing in the Chicago area and has led to many accidents.  The injuries in many of these accidents are serious in nature, and some had led to fatalities.

Drunk Driving Enforcement Initiative By Naperville Police Department

Drunk driving continues to be a significant traffic safety concern both nationally as well as in the Chicago area, including DuPage County.  DuPage County accidents involving drunk driving (as well as driving while impaired on drugs) are summarized in posts under the “DuPage County DUI” category.

While drunk driving can happen at any time, it is often more frequent in nature during various times of the year.  Holidays and special events, such as sports championships, often result in more drunk drivers.

On February 1, 2018 the Illinois Department of Transportation issued a press release concerning drunk driving.  The title is “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” (pdf)

An excerpt from the release:

Even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times, making driving unsafe. The Illinois State Police and nearly 100 local police departments and sheriff’s offices will be stepping up impaired driving enforcement efforts around the clock this weekend. Motorists can expect to see an increase in safety patrols, seatbelt enforcement zones and roadside safety checks.
“DUIs are responsible for nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in Illinois. A single DUI can cost thousands of dollars, suspension of driving privileges, jail time and potentially cause serious injury or death,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Troopers will be out in force conducting roadside safety checks and roving patrols to remove drunk drivers from Illinois roadways. Please plan ahead to arrive home safe this Super Bowl weekend by designating a driver or alternate transportation. Everyone wins when we all make it home safe.”
The Naperville Police Department announced special impaired driving enforcement initiatives over the Super Bowl weekend.  An excerpt from the City of Naperville release titled “Naperville Police Urge The Public to Make a Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday…“:

The Naperville Police Department announced today it will conduct special patrols this Super Bowl weekend to keep impaired drivers off the roads and encourage more people to wear their seat belts. The messages are familiar and simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket.

“We need your help to keep alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers off our roads,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook. “All it takes is a game plan. Before you go to the party, decide if you’re drinking or driving – never do both.”

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.