Double-Fatal Bartlett Crash At Stearns Road And Munger Road

There was a double-fatal Bartlett crash early Tuesday morning (September 25, 2018) involving a car that crossed over into oncoming lanes.

As discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On’ Collisions” page, accidents involving a vehicle that crosses the center line often lead to a collision that involves serious accident injuries.  As seen in this double-fatal Bartlett crash, not only were two people killed because of the crash, but three other people were also injured.

According to police, this crash happened at approximately 5:50 a.m. at the intersection of Stearns Road and Munger Road.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the September 25, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “One killed, four injured in Bartlett crash“:

According to police, the crash occurred about 5:50 a.m. when a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven west on Stearns by a 23-year-old man crossed into oncoming lanes and struck a 2015 Nissan Altima and 2012 Land Rover.

Among those injured during this double-fatal Bartlett crash was the driver of the Altima, identified as Christopher Arbeen, 40, of South Elgin.  He was declared dead at the accident scene.

A passenger in the Chevrolet Cobolt, Miguel A. Flores, 23, of West Chicago, was also injured during the crash, suffering life-threatening injuries.  He was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, where he died later in the day.

The driver of the Land Rover, a 54-year-old, the driver of the Cobalt, and the 20-year-old driver of the Camaro were also injured.  Their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.  They were taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield for medical treatment.

This double-fatal Bartlett crash remains under investigation by the Bartlett Police Department and the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.

Those with information concerning this DuPage County fatal crash are asked to contact the Bartlett Police Department at (630) 837-0846.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident can be seen in the article mentioned above, as well as the September 26 Batavia Patch article titled “2 Dead Following 5-Vehicle Crash.”

Drug-Impaired Motorists And Their Vulnerability To Getting In Accidents

Drug-impaired motorists continues to be a growing problem with regard to traffic safety.  As discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page, various statistics indicate that the frequency of drug-impaired driving is both increasing and at worrisome levels.  In addition to these statistics, there have been many Chicago-area traffic accidents – including those in DuPage County – in which a driver is found to be impaired by drug use.  Some of these accidents have led to one or more fatalities.

The level of impairment among drug-impaired motorists can vary significantly, depending upon various factors such as the amount of drugs consumed as well as their type.  Additionally, if more than one drug is used – or alcohol is consumed near the time of the drug use – the level of impairment can be magnified.

There was an Elgin crash Sunday (September 23, 2018) after which Illinois State Troopers administered the opioid overdose antidote Narcan to the driver.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the September 24, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Troopers use opioid antidote to revive driver after Elgin crash“:

Peter Thomas Klingelhofer, 38, of Wood Dale, was driving a black Chevrolet west on interstate 290 near Mill Road when the car left the roadway and barreled into a ditch, according to Illinois State Police. Responding troopers found Klingelhofer slumped over and unresponsive in the car.

After getting inside the vehicle, the troopers gave Klingelhofer two doses of Narcan before successfully resuscitating him, state police said.

According to the Illinois State Police, Klingelhofer was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for medical treatment.

He was later arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and also charged with other traffic violations.

Additional details regarding this crash can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the September 24 Park Ridge Patch article titled “Cops Save Man Who Overdosed, Drove Into Ditch.”

Crash Near St. Charles Results In A Car Passenger Being Ejected

There was a crash near St. Charles Sunday (September 23, 2018) in which a teenage passenger was ejected from a car.  This teenager suffered life-threatening injuries.

An excerpt regarding this crash near St. Charles, from the September 23, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Elgin man flown to hospital after crash near St. Charles“:

The teen was the front-seat passenger in a Ford Escape that collided with a Dodge Caravan about 1:15 p.m. at Randall and Red Gate roads, said Pat Gengler, chief deputy and spokesman for the Kane County sheriff’s office. He was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The Ford was heading south on Randall Road when it turned east onto Red Gate Road, hitting the northbound Dodge that was also turning east, Gengler said. The Dodge had the right of way.

Among the other people injured during this crash near St. Charles was the driver of the Ford Escape, identified as a 17-year-old girl from Elgin.  She was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The driver of the Dodge, a 35-year-old St. Charles man, was treated at the accident scene.

The accident investigation is continuing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash near St. Charles can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the September 23 Batavia Patch article titled “Teen Flown To Hospital Following Crash Near St. Charles.”

[As discussed on the “Seat Belts As A DuPage County Injury Prevention Measure” page, one of the best ways to prevent a vehicle ejection and the potentially severe injuries that result from such an ejection is to wear a seat belt.]

Westbound I-88 Truck Accident Injures Man Driving SUV

There was an I-88 truck accident Tuesday (September 4, 2018) in which a man driving a SUV was injured and hospitalized.

The accident involved a semi truck that apparently “rear-ended” a SUV as both vehicles were traveling westbound on Interstate 88 at approximately 6:15 p.m.

An excerpt regarding this I-88 truck accident, from the Naperville Sun article of September 5, 2018 titled “I-88 crash sends Naperville man to the hospital;  semi driver ticketed.”  An excerpt:

Illinois State Police said the semi-truck driver clipped the rear bumper of an SUV being driven by DeeJay Singh, 46, of Naperville, who was headed west on I-88 about 6:15 p.m. The rear bumper of a red sports car was also struck.

Singh was injured and taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville for treatment of his accident injuries.

No one else was injured during this DuPage County truck accident, according to the Illinois State Police.

The truck driver was cited for improper lane usage as well as driving too fast for conditions.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-88 truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

There are various types of injuries that can result from one vehicle “rear-ending” another vehicle.   One of these types of injuries is commonly referred to as “whiplash,” which is further discussed on the “whiplash” page.  As discussed on that page, there are many symptoms that can result from such an injury.

Road Hazards And The Danger Presented To Illinois Motorists

The threat to safe driving presented by road hazards is discussed on the “DuPage County Road Hazards” page.  As seen on that page, road hazards can take many forms.  Among the most dangerous road hazards are those objects that hit vehicles as they drive down the expressway or other roadway.  These objects can include tires and wheels which have detached (often called “wheel separations”) from other vehicles.

Other types of road hazards can include high standing water on the roadway.  Depending on the depth of the water and other characteristics, this standing water can cause hydroplaning or other adverse impacts on vehicle handling, which can lead to a loss of vehicle control.

One of the reasons that road hazards are potentially dangerous is that they often are unexpected; as well, they can suddenly appear and as such may leave the motorist with little reaction time to successfully react to the hazard.

As well, if the motorist is driving at night or other situations with limited visibility, these road hazards can be especially problematical.

On August 30, 2018 NBC Chicago aired a video segment titled “More Than 9,000 Crashes on Illinois Roads Caused By Debris.”  The segment discusses one type of road hazard, debris that is sitting on the roadway.  If hit or run over by a vehicle, such debris can cause a range of adverse effects, including a loss of control and/or a crash.

An excerpt from the article:

Seventeen people have been killed in crashes caused by debris on Illinois roadways, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s most recent data.

From 2012 to 2016, more than 9,000 accidents have resulted in more than 1,500 people injured.

As seen in the segment, there is a wide range of items that IDOT has found on the roadway, including kitchen sinks, grills, and mattresses.

Additional details and possible updates concerning road hazards and road debris can be seen in the sources mentioned above.