I-290 Car Accident Near Elmhurst Leads To Two Fatalities

An I-290 car accident near Elmhurst allegedly occurred after the driver fell asleep at the wheel. This accident led to the deaths of two passengers. The driver and another passenger also suffered injuries during the crash.

According to the Illinois State Police, this I-290 car accident occurred Monday (May 27, 2019) evening as a Hyundai car was traveling on westbound I-290, about a half a mile west of York Road.

An excerpt regarding this I-290 car accident and the cause of the crash, from the May 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Crash on I-290 in Elmhurst kills 2 after driver falls asleep at the wheel“:

At about 7 p.m., a 22-year-old man driving a 2013 black Hyundai westbound on I-290 near York Road fell asleep at the wheel, according to preliminary information from Illinois State Police. The car veered off the road and struck a tower pole head-on, police said.

Two of the backseat passengers, identified as Edward S. Jeon, 22, and Eden W. Chung, 19, were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

The driver, identified as Joseph Hung Joon Kim, 22, of Hoffman Estates, and another passenger, Donald W. Schickel, 27, of Buffalo Grove, were hurt during this I-290 car accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the May 28 Daily Herald article titled “Police: Two men die after driver falls asleep, car strikes pole along I-290 near Elmhurst.”

Additional discussion about ways to avoid DuPage County crashes and the injuries they cause can be seen on the “Avoiding Vehicle Accidents And The Accompanying Injuries” page. While not specifically addressed on that page, driving while drowsy can pose a variety of risks. Driving while drowsy has often been cited as a safety issue in truck driver safety, where truck drivers are often driving for extended periods of time.