Motorists driving in the wrong direction have been involved in many Chicago-area accidents. While there are many reasons as to why “wrong-way” driving may occur, most “wrong-way driver” accidents happen when a driver is impaired by alcohol, i.e. is “drunk driving.” These “wrong-way driver” crashes are often highly traumatic to vehicle occupants and often involve a “head-on collision.” Due to various factors – including that such crashes typically occur on expressways at high speeds – such crashes often lead to fatalities or at the very least serious accident injuries.
There was a December 30, 2018 car crash on I-290 near Elmhurst in which a driver was allegedly driving in the wrong direction at the time of the crash.
An excerpt regarding this accident, from the December 31, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “$1 million bail for driver charged in head-on crash near Elmhurst.” An excerpt:
Bail has been set at $1 million for a North Carolina man accused of causing a head-on crash that seriously injured two while driving the wrong way on I-290 early Sunday morning near Elmhurst.
Chester Gordon, 24, of Camp Lejeune, was charged with aggravated DUI and appeared at a bond hearing Monday morning before DuPage County Judge Robert Miller.
Authorities said Gordon was driving in the wrong direction west on I-290 near York Road around 4:15 a.m. when he crashed head-on into an eastbound vehicle.
The two women in the eastbound vehicle were injured and hospitalized. Among their required medical care was surgeries.
Additional details for this accident in which a driver was allegedly driving in the wrong direction can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the December 31 Chicago Tribune article titled “Intoxicated Marine went wrong way on I-290 in Elmhurst and injured two women in head-on crash, prosecutors say.”