Driving In The Wrong Direction Allegedly Involved In I-290 Crash

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.”

Fatal Bloomingdale Motorcycle Collision On Army Trail Road

There was a fatal Bloomingdale motorcycle collision Wednesday (December 26, 2018) night. This fatal DuPage County motorcycle accident involved a motorcycle and another vehicle.

Details on this fatal accident appear limited at this time.

According to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, this fatal Bloomingdale motorcycle collision occurred on Army Trail Road near 84th Street at approximately 6:15 p.m. The motorcyclist was declared dead at the accident scene.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Bloomingdale motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources including the December 27, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Bloomingdale crash on Army Trail Road” as well as the December 27 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead in Bloomingdale motorcycle crash.”

Street Racing Alleged In Double-Fatal Bartlett Crash

Street racing often results in car crashes.  As seen in various street racing accidents that have happened throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, serious injuries and fatalities often result, both to those drivers who are racing as well as to innocent bystanders.  These innocent parties typically includes other motorists as well as others such as pedestrians.  While there are many reasons as to why such racing can lead to crashes, often a crash occurs as the driving at excessive speed leads to a loss of vehicle control.  It is not uncommon for such speeds to meet or exceed 100 mph.

In the September 25, 2018 post (“Double-Fatal Bartlett Crash At Stearns Road And Munger Road“) a September 25 car crash in Bartlett, which resulted in two fatalities, was discussed.  Recently, additional information concerning this accident has been released.  According to prosecutors, two drivers were street racing at the time of the crash.

An excerpt regarding this alleged street racing crash, from the December 8, 2018 WBBM Newsradio article titled “Homicide Charges Filed In Fatal Bartlett Car Crash“:

Prosecutors said Uriel Zenteno, 23, of West Chicago, and  Jordan Gant, 20, of Bolingbrook, were racing west on Stearns Road approaching Munger Road in Bartlett shortly before 6 a.m., Sept. 25, when Zenteno lost of control of his car and veered head-on at 84 miles an hour into two eastbound cars.  Eastbound motorist Chris Arbeen and Miguel Flores, 23, a passenger in Zenteno’s car, died in the accident.

Police said Zenteno topped 100 miles an hour just before the crash, and Gant, 90 miles an hour. 

 Additional details and possible updates concerning this Bartlett fatal car crash that allegedly involved street racing can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 7 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 charged with street racing in Bartlett crash that claimed 2 lives.”