Early-Morning Hit & Run Crash In Naperville Injures Driver

Those accidents in which drivers flee the accident scene (i.e. “Hit & Run” accidents) continue to occur in significant numbers throughout the Chicago area.  While there are many reasons that drivers may elect to flee the scene of the accident, one reason is that the driver may fear the repercussions of their actions if they are at fault for causing the accident.  Many times “Hit & Run” drivers are driving while intoxicated (DUI).  Other such drivers may be traveling in a stolen vehicle or otherwise be involved in criminal activity.

Early Saturday morning  (February 4, 2017) there was a Naperville vehicle crash at 2603 S. Washington St.

The crash involved a silver 2009 Chrysler Town & Country minivan that left the roadway and then crashed into a building.

The driver fled the accident scene on foot.  He was later located by Naperville Police, and then taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the Positively Naperville article of February 4, 2017, titled “Naperville Police investigate crash on South Washington” discussing the driver, identified as Trenton A. Smith, 25, of Bolingbrook:

Approximately nine minutes prior to this crash, at 1:14AM, a Naperville Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on this same vehicle on south-bound Washington approaching Osler Drive. The driver failed to stop for the officer, increased his speed and fled from the officer, who disengaged and terminated further efforts to stop the vehicle as it fled. The vehicle was last seen disregarding the red traffic signal on south-bound Washington at 75th St.

Smith has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, Driving While License Suspended, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage, Speeding and Disobeying a Red Traffic Signal. He was given a March 7, 2017 court date.

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

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