I-355 Fatal Car Crash In Downers Grove March 28, 2019

An I-355 fatal car crash in Downers Grove occurred late Thursday (March 28, 2019) night. This I-355 fatal crash resulted in two people being killed and three other people being injured, with those injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the crash involved four vehicles. The crash involved one vehicle traveling in the wrong direction, i.e. it was a “wrong-way driver” crash. This crash involved a “head-on collision.”

An excerpt regarding this I-355 fatal car crash, from the March 29, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “Drivers from Hammond, Bloomingdale killed, 3 other people seriously hurt in wrong-way crash on I-355 in Downers Grove“:

The drivers of the cars that crashed head-on were killed. They were identified as Robert Velazco, 36, of Hammond, Ind., and Arshad Mohammed, 32, of Bloomingdale. A 66-year-old woman and two men, 24 and 66, were seriously injured, state police said.

Police said Velazco was driving a blue Volkswagen south in the northbound lanes when it struck a black Honda driven by Mohammed near Maple Avenue around 11 p.m., police said. The cars were then struck by a silver Subaru and a white Ford box truck.

Velazco died at the accident scene.

Mohammed died early Friday morning after being taken to a hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

Additional details, including the condition of those hurt, and possible updates concerning this I-355 fatal car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the March 29 Lisle Patch article titled “Wrong-Way Crash On I-355 Kills 2, Injures 3 Near Downers Grove.”

Additional discussion regarding “head-on collisions,” which typically lead to serious, if not life-threatening injuries, can be seen on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page. As seen on that page, for many reasons “head-on” collisions tend to lead to injuries that are highly traumatic for those involved.

Downers Grove Motorcycle Accident Near 67th Street and Main Street

There was a fatal Downers Grove motorcycle accident Tuesday (March 12, 2019) afternoon. The motorcyclist was seriously injured during the collision and pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

According to information provided by the Downers Grove Police Department, this Downers Grove motorcycle accident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m., near the intersection of 67th Street and Main Street.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Lisle Patch article of March 13, 2019 titled “Motorcyclist Killed In Crash In Downers Grove,” quoting Downers Grove Police Department spokesman Bill Budds:

According to Budds, the preliminary investigation into the fatal crash shows that the car was heading north on Main Street while the motorcycle was driving south on Main Street. Police say the motorcycle hit the car as the car made a left turn onto 67th Street.

The crash investigation into this Downers Grove motorcycle accident is being conducted by the Downers Grove Police Department and the FIAT Major Crash Reconstruction team. Those with information concerning the crash are asked to call the Downers Grove Police Department at 630-434-5600.

Additional details regarding this fatal motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the March 12 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dead in Downers Grove crash.”

As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, for many reasons there is a heightened level of risk in riding a motorcycle early in the year. One reason is that drivers are not yet accustomed to seeing many motorcyclists on the road, and as such may not “see” or be aware of the rider this early in the season. Motorists “seeing” motorcycles continues to be a substantial problem with regard to safe motorcycle riding, as seen in many DuPage County motorcycle accidents discussed on this site. This problem of “not seeing” motorcycles is particularly problematical if a motorist is making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle that is “not seen,” as a collision often occurs.