Felony Drunk Driving Charge For Motorcyclist Following Lombard Crash

A motorcyclist was charged with felony drunk driving after a Thursday (June 28, 2018) fatal crash in Lombard.

An excerpt regarding the crash and its aftermath, from the June 29, 2018 Chicago Tribune article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Lombard crash; man on another motorcycle riding with him charged with DUI“:

Prosecutors said that about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Tony Mueller and Mark Herrera were riding their motorcycles west on St. Charles Road at approximately 90 miles an hour when Mueller struck a curb and crashed, fracturing his skull, according to Paul Darrah, spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office.

Herrera, 30, of Villa Park, who was riding a 2015 Ducati, returned to the accident and briefly spoke to witnesses before he left and traveled to the home of two of his friends, Darrah said. Some time later, the friends drove Herrera back to the scene where a witness identified him as one of the motorcyclists he had seen speeding at the time of the crash.

Herrera also faces other charges related to the accident.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County motorcycle accident in which a motorcyclist was charged with felony drunk driving can be seen in the article mentioned above, as well as the June 29 Daily Herald article titled “One motorcyclist charged with DUI after another dies in Lombard crash.”

Riding a motorcycle while drunk remains one of the foremost causes of serious motorcycle crashes, including those that result in fatal injuries.  As well, riding a motorcycle at high speeds presents a number of challenges, and often has led to loss of control accidents, many of which have involved fatal injuries.

Naperville Motorcycle Crash Involving Bike That “Rear-Ended” Semi Truck

There was a Naperville motorcycle crash involving a motorcycle “rear-ending” a semi truck early Friday (June 29, 2018) morning.  After the collision the motorcyclist was charged with DUI.

According to Naperville Police, the accident happened at around 2:41 a.m., near the intersection of 95th Street and Route 59.

An excerpt from the June 29, 2018 Naperville Patch article titled “Motorcycle Crashes Into Semi Truck In Naperville:  Police“:

Police say Mauro Apostoli, 49, of West Chicago, was driving a 2017 Indian Touring northbound on Rte. 59 when his bike struck the rear of a semi-tractor trailer driven by a 45-year-old man from Villa Park. Apostoli was rushed to Edward Hospital with serious injuries.

Apostoli was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The accident investigation is continuing, and included an accident reconstruction.

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

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Naperville motorcycle crash that resulted in a DUI charge can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the Positively Naperville article of June 29 titled “Early morning traffic crash at Route 59 and 95th Street results in DUI charge.”

High-Speed Motorcycle Riding Incident On Randall Road In St. Charles

High-speed motorcycle riding often occurs in Illinois.  This high-speed riding appears to be among the most common forms of high-risk riding.  Other high-risk actions include doing “wheelies” and other types of stunt riding.  Other “risky” actions include taking curves at high speeds, as well as riding after drinking, which is a primary cause of accidents.  Various types of high-risk riding is further discussed on the “High-Risk Motorcyclist Actions” page.

Riding at excessive speeds is especially hazardous as it can lead to a loss of motorcycle control, which often results in a crash.  As seen in the DuPage County motorcycle accidents discussed on this site – as well as those crashes throughout Illinois – a high-speed crash often leads to life-threatening injuries that can result in a fatality.

The Daily Herald article of June 22, 2018 titled “1-year motorcycle ban for St. Charles man in 143 mph chase posted on YouTube” discusses a July 2017 incident in St. Charles in which a motorcyclist was arrested after eluding police.  The motorcyclist at one point was said to be riding 143 mph on Randall Road.

An excerpt from the article:

A 24-year-old man who was arrested after posting a YouTube video showing him going 143 mph on his motorcycle while evading St. Charles police, pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge and was sentenced to a form of probation and banned from riding for a year.

Brian A. Bianco, of the 36W600 block of Oak Road near St. Charles, was arrested in July 2017 and charged with three felony counts of fleeing and eluding police, along with a misdemeanor charge of disobeying a police officer.

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On Friday, Kane County prosecutors dismissed the most severe charges in exchange for Bianco pleading guilty to reckless driving, a misdemeanor, court records show.

Additional information concerning high-speed motorcycle riding can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Glendale Heights Accident In Which Vehicle Caught Fire

There was a fatal DuPage County crash during which a vehicle caught fire early Friday (June 15, 2018) morning in Glendale Heights.

According to Glendale Heights police, police responded to the accident at 2:11 a.m.  The accident scene was at North Avenue west of Glen Ellyn Road.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.  During the crash a vehicle caught fire.

The driver of one of the cars was trapped inside the vehicle, and that driver died at the accident scene.

The driver of the other car was taken to GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights for treatment of accident injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Team.  A crash reconstruction is being conducted.

Those with information concerning the accident are asked to contact police at (630) 260-6070.

Additional details concerning this fatal DuPage County vehicle accident in which a vehicle caught fire can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 15, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “One dead, one hurt in fiery Glendale Heights crash” as well as the June 15 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 killed in Glendale Heights crash on North Avenue.”

Drug-Impaired Driving And Its Frequency In Fatal Vehicle Accidents

Drug-impaired driving continues to be a significant and growing problem regarding traffic safety.  There have been many Chicago-area vehicle accidents in which one of the drivers was drug-impaired.

Drug-impaired driving, with a specific focus on DuPage County, is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  Additionally, some of these “drugged driver” accidents have been summarized on this site in posts found under the “DUI” category.

Chicago area drug-impaired drivers who have been in accidents have used a variety of drugs.  Among the most common drugs used are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.  The effect these drugs have on driver impairment varies on many factors, such as the amount of drug used, the type of drug, the administration of the drug, and whether there was more than one drug used.  As well, if alcohol was also consumed in addition to the drug use, the amount of driver impairment can be significantly increased.

The Wall Street Journal published an article on June 1, 2018 titled “Driving Fatality Tests Find Opioid, Pot Use Rising.”  The article discusses various findings from a recent study published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

An excerpt from the Wall Street Journal article:

More than half of all positive-testing deceased drivers in 2016 had marijuana, opioids or both types of drugs in their bodies, the report said. The presence of pot has increased substantially in the past decade, it found, more so than the presence of opioids.
In 2016, about 20% of the drug-positive drivers were positive for some opioid, compared with 17% in 2006. In 2016, 41% of the drug-positive fatally injured drivers were positive for marijuana, compared with 35% in 2006.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this drug-impaired driving issue, and the accidents in which drivers have used drugs, can be found in the various sources mentioned above.