St. Charles Head-On Crash Along Route 31 Injures Three People

There was a St. Charles head-on crash on Route 31 that happened near St. Charles North High School.

As discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page, there are many reasons as to why such crashes often result in serious accident injuries.  This is especially so if the vehicle occupants involved in the collision are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Details on this St. Charles head-on crash appear limited at this time.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the July 30, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “3 hurt in head-on collision in St. Charles“:

The two cars were traveling along Route 31 near St. Charles North High School when one crossed over into oncoming traffic, according to the St. Charles fire department.

Three people were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.

This St. Charles head-on crash remains under investigation by the St. Charles Police Department.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County car collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal “Wrong-Way Driver” Crash On Interstate 55 In Woodridge

“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways, as well as throughout Illinois.  When a driver is traveling in the wrong direction accidents often occur, due in part because drivers who are traveling in the right direction are not expecting a car to be driving in the wrong direction.  Often, the crashes that result are “head-on collisions” which happen at highway speeds.  Such high-speed  “head-on collisions” of this nature subject vehicle occupants to tremendous forces.  The force of the collisions often cause serious injuries to those involved, and often fatalities result.  These serious injuries are more likely to occur if vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

While “wrong-way driver” crashes can happen for many reasons, most involve drivers who are impaired either by alcohol and/or impaired because of drug use.  Often, such impairment is substantial.

There was a fatal “wrong-way driver” crash on I-55 in Woodridge early Saturday (July 21, 2018) morning.  One driver was killed and another driver was injured.

An excerpt regarding the fatal crash, from the abc7chicago.com article (with video) of July 21, 2018 titled “1 killed, 1 injured in wrong-way crash on I-55“:

Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District officials said the crash occurred at around 1:30 a.m. near Woodward Avenue. Authorities said they got calls about a Ford Mustang heading northbound in the southbound lanes at more than 100 miles-per-hour.

Shortly after, the Mustang crashed head-on with a Jeep. The man in the Mustang died. Authorities have not released his identity.

The driver of the Jeep suffered accident injuries which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal “wrong-way driver” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 21, 2018 NBC Chicago article “1 Dead, 1 Injured in Wrong-Way Crash On Interstate 55.”

Loss Of Control Accident Occurs At Westmont Pizzeria

A loss of control accident in Westmont on Thursday (July 19, 2018) evening.  The car then crashed into a Westmont pizzeria.  While there were many people in the restaurant at the time, none were injured.  The driver of suffered minor injuries.

This DuPage County loss of control accident is discussed in the July 19, 2018 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Car Crashes Into Westmont Pizzeria.”  An excerpt from the article:

The restaurant staff says a man in his late 50s was in the process of parking outside. They say he may have had difficulty with his shoe or became disoriented, eventually hitting the gas and plowing into Papa Passero’s with enough force to hit through a patio gate, furniture, and into one of the walls.

As discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving Loss Of Control” page, there are many factors that can cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle.  Often, such a situation leads to a crash, especially during certain situations such as if the vehicle is traveling at higher speeds or if the vehicle leaves the roadway during the loss of vehicle control.

Some loss of control accidents are due to defective vehicle parts or components.  Other loss of control accidents are the fault of the driver, and may be due to driver error or due to driver distraction.

Additional discussion of these loss of control accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Wheaton Pedestrian Safety Initiative To Lower Residential Speed Limits

Improved Wheaton pedestrian safety is a stated goal of a recently approved plan to lower the speed limit on most residential streets.  The new speed limit will be 25 mph, compared to the current 30 mph speed limit.

Pedestrian safety continues to be a national concern, due to the ongoing high (from a historical perspective) level of pedestrian accidents.  As further discussed on the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page, accidents in which people are hit by cars or other vehicles often cause serious accident injuries.  In some cases, these injuries lead to the death of the pedestrian.  As seen in the DuPage County pedestrian accidents that have been summarized on this site, a broad range of serious accident injuries can occur if a person is struck by a vehicle.  Among the most serious of these injuries is brain injuries.

An excerpt regarding the Wheaton pedestrian safety initiative, from the July 17, 2018 Kane County Chronicle article titled “Wheaton lowers speed limit for residential streets“:

City Council member Suzanne Fitch said the new speed limits are “just one component” to making streets safer for pedestrians.

“We also have our sidewalk program ensuring that we have a sidewalk on at least one side of a street so kids can get safely to and from school,” Fitch said. “And then I think another component is having the police department or communications department educate residents about the dangers of distracted driving. And maybe when we do our education campaign for the new speed limit, we can incorporate that as well.”

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Wheaton pedestrian safety initiative can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 17 Lisle Patch article titled “Wheaton Lowers Speed Limit In Neighborhoods.”  Both articles list which streets will remain at their current speed limits.

Naperville Car Rollover Crash At Julian Street and Chicago Avenue

There was a Naperville car rollover crash late Saturday (July 7, 2018) evening in which two people were injured.

According to police, this Naperville car rollover crash happened just after 10 p.m. in the intersection of Julian St. and Chicago Ave.

An excerpt regarding the Naperville car crash, from the July 10, 2018 Naperville Patch article titled “Car Flips, Grazes Pedestrians In Naperville Police“:

Police say the car was heading west when it veered off the road and “grazed a pedestrian.” The car then flipped over the edge of a barrier wall and landed upside down, according to police.

Both the driver and passenger of the car were injured and taken to a local hospital.  The accident injuries were considered to be minor injuries.

It is not disclosed as to what caused the car to leave the roadway and then crash and roll over.  As discussed on the DuPage County Vehicle Rollover Accidents page, while there are many reasons as to why a vehicle can roll over, there are a few common factors that increase the odds of this type of crash.

The accident investigation into this Naperville car rollover crash is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Addison Single-Vehicle Rollover Accident Results In Fatal Injuries

A driver was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident Sunday (July 8, 2018) on Interstate 290 (I-290) in DuPage County.

As discussed on the “DuPage County Vehicle Rollover Accidents” page, for many reasons this type of accident typically results in vehicle occupants sustaining serious injuries.  One reason for the severity of the injuries is that these accidents typically occur at higher speeds.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the July 9, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Chicago man killed in I-290 crash in DuPage County“:

Anthony Jarvis, 21, was killed when he lost control of his 2001 Ford in the westbound lanes at about 6:48 p.m. near Wood Dale Road, according to Illinois State Police. The vehicle rolled several times and came to a stop on top of the guard rail.

Jarvis was the sole occupant of the Ford at the time of the crash.  It is not disclosed as to what caused the apparent loss of vehicle control that led to the crash.

The accident closed all of the westbound lanes for a period of time.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County single-vehicle rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 9 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in I-290 rollover crash in Addison.”

Naperville Motorcycle-Car Collision Leads To Serious Injuries

There was a Naperville motorcycle-car collision Saturday (June 30, 2018) night.  The accident caused serious injuries to both the motorcyclist and passenger.

According to information provided by the City of Naperville (in the July 3, 2018 Positively Naperville article titled “Police investigate third serious weekend traffic crash“) this Naperville motorcycle-car collision happened near the intersection of 75th Street and Modaff Road.  Naperville Police responded to the accident scene at approximately 10:30 p.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the July 3 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist, passenger seriously injured in Naperville crash“:

An investigation found that a 25-year-old man was riding a Harley-Davidson east on 75th Street when he went through a red light at Modaff and crashed into a turning Volkswagen Jetta, police said.

The man and his passenger, a 24-year-old woman, were taken to taken for medical treatment, police said. They were both listed in serious condition.

The motorcyclist was identified as Christopher Vandervalk, of Lisle.  The passenger was identified as a woman from Darien.

Vandervalk was issued a citation for disobeying a traffic signal.

The accident investigation and accident reconstruction is being conducted by the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit.

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

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Naperville motorcycle-car collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.

Fatal Bensenville Accident At Route 83 At Thorndale June 10

There was a fatal Bensenville accident which involved a collision between a SUV and motorcycle on June 10, 2018.  The accident was a “hit & run.”  The motorcyclist and passenger later died from their accident injuries.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited.  Media accounts give conflicting information regarding the accident, especially its date.

An excerpt regarding this fatal Bensenville accident, from the July 3, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Des Plaines woman second to die from injuries in Bensenville crash“:

Bensenville police are searching for an Elk Grove Village man in connection with a June 10 hit-and-run crash that ultimately killed a Des Plaines couple.

Police say Marvin H. Lopez-Garcia, 38, drove his car into a motorcycle, killing the driver and passenger, and then fled.

Witnesses said the motorcyclist was stopped at 2:30 a.m. on June 10 for a red light on northbound Route 83 at Thorndale when Lopez-Garcia’s blue 2009 Nissan Rogue struck the motorcycle from behind. Police said Lopez-Garcia fled on foot and a police dog search was unsuccessful.

The motorcyclist was identified as Scott Lenz Sr., 47, Des Plaines.  He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.  He died the following day.

The motorcycle passenger, identified as Lonie I. Krzywda, 57, of Des Plaines, also was taken to Advocate Lutheran General for treatment of her accident injuries. She died on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Those with information concerning this fatal Bensenville accident are asked to call Bensenville Police at (630) 350-3455.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal Naperville Motorcycle Accident Involving Car-Motorcycle Collision

There was a fatal Naperville motorcycle accident Friday (June 29, 2018) night.  The motorcyclist and passenger were killed in the crash.  According to information provided by the Naperville Police Department, the collision occurred between a motorcycle and a car.

As is often the case in motorcycle accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, this incident appears to involve a car that made a left-hand turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.  Typically, these crashes lead to serious accident injuries to the motorcyclist and (if applicable) passenger.  In many instances these injuries are fatal in nature.

An excerpt concerning this fatal Naperville motorcycle accident, from the July 2, 2018 Naperville Sun article titled “Aurora man, teen killed in motorcycle-car crash, Naperville police say“:

The crash occurred about 10:40 p.m. when the Kawasaki motorcycle they were riding west on Aurora Avenue cross through the intersection at Fort Hill Drive, a police new release said. The driver of a Honda Civic, who was in the left-hand turn lane from eastbound Aurora Avenue, pulled out in front of them, the release said.

The motorcyclist and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.  The motorcyclist was identified as David Casas Garcia, 26, of Aurora, and the passenger was identified as Najeli Casas Garcia, 16, of Aurora.  They were brother and sister.

The Honda Civic was driver by a 70-year-old man from Naperville.

This fatal Naperville motorcycle accident is under investigation by the Naperville Police Department.  An accident reconstruction will be included in the investigation.

Those with information concerning the collision are asked to contact the Naperville Police Department Traffic Unit at 630-420-8833.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Naperville motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 3 Naperville Patch article titled “Aurora Siblings Killed In Naperville Motorcycle Crash:  Police.”