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.

DuPage County Drunk Driving Alleged In Fatal Pedestrian Accident

DuPage County drunk driving continues to pose a significant traffic safety problem. As discussed in various posts throughout this site, largely seen in “DuPage County DUI” category, DuPage County drunk driving has caused many accidents involving injuries. Drivers who are driving while alcohol-impaired have been involved in many serious accidents of various types, including “head-on collisions” and vehicles being “rear-ended” – sometimes at high speeds.

On Tuesday (February 19, 2019) there was an alleged DuPage County drunk driving accident. This fatal pedestrian accident happened in Downers Grove and involved a car that struck a pedestrian. The accident occurred outside of Downers Grove North High School at the intersection of Main Street and Grant street. The driver was later charged with felony aggravated DUI.

An excerpt concerning this alleged DuPage County drunk driving accident, from the February 22, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Charged With Felony DUI After Allegedly Striking Student With His Car,” regarding the Downers Grove student, Beth Dunlap, hit by the car:

Dunlap was struck by a car while crossing Main Street outside the school around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to a statement issued by DuPage County police. 

Dunlap was within a marked crosswalk and had a “walk” signal, according to police, when Kucharski’s vehicle allegedly crossed into the oncoming lanes and entered the intersection on a red light, polcie said. 

Dunlap was injured during this pedestrian accident and on Friday (February 22) it was disclosed that she “would not recover from her injuries.”

The driver of the car was identified as Joseph Kucharski, 51, of Naperville. As seen in the NBC article, he faces aggravated DUI charges as well as one count of felony reckless driving.

Additional details regarding this fatal pedestrian accident allegedly involving DuPage County drunk driving can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the February 23 Daily Herald article titled “DUI, reckless driving charges issued after Downers Grove student suffers ‘unrecoverable injuries.”

Roadways Prone To Accidents Located In DuPage County

Roadways prone to accidents can occur for many reasons. Among these reasons are overly complicated roadway designs; too much traffic for a given roadway; a lack of suitable traffic control devices; and too little traffic safety enforcement. As well, in addition to these factors, accidents with injuries are more prone to happen if vehicles are traveling at excessive speed, as discussed on the “Speed As An Accident Cause And The Potential For Serious Injuries” page.

These roadways prone to accidents are a traffic safety concern as they often lead to accidents with injuries.  In the Chicago area there are many intersections which are considered due to various reasons to be “dangerous intersections” or intersections in which accidents frequently occur.  A broad range of accident types can occur, including “T-bone crashes”, “rear-end collisions,” pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.  Often, a history of frequent accidents will lead to changes in the design of the roadways and intersections to reduce the possibility of additional accidents.

NBC Chicago ran a segment (video and article) on February 6, 2019 titled “Chicago-Area Drivers Navigate ‘Confusing’ Intersections.”  The video shows various roadways and intersections in the Chicago area – including those in Chicago, and several in DuPage County – including Naperville, Lisle, and Clarendon Hills. 

An excerpt from the article:

NBC 5 Investigates contacted transportation experts and dozens of area police departments to learn what they considered to be the potentially confusing new or old roadway designs.

In the article and video, among the DuPage County roadways prone to accidents include the interchange at I-88 and Route 59 in Naperville and
Route 53 and Maple Avenue in Lisle.

Also shown in the video is the convergence of Holmes Ave., Eastern Ave., and Harrison in Clarendon Hills. This convergence is becoming less of a traffic safety issue due to increased stop sign enforcement.

Additional details regarding these DuPage County roadways prone to accidents can be seen in the article mentioned above.

“Hit & Run” Crash In Naperville On February 5, 2019

“Hit & Run” crashes continue to be a significant traffic issue. While there are many reasons as to why a motorist would choose to flee the scene of an accident, a common reason is that the driver is driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident and doesn’t want to be responsible for the crash. The driver may think that by fleeing the scene he may be able to “sober up” or otherwise not be tested as impaired if he is later caught.

Other reasons that might lead a driver to leave the accident scene is if the driver has been driving recklessly. Depending upon the characteristics of the crash, the driver – if caught – may face criminal charges and/or be held liable for the accident injuries caused to others.

On this site, various “hit & run” crashes that have occurred in DuPage County – and have involved injuries – are summarized in posts found under the “DuPage County Hit & Run” category. As seen in those posts, these incidents have occurred in various cities, including Lisle, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, and Naperville. Some of the accidents involve injuries that have led to fatalities.

Another of these “hit & run” crashes occurred in Naperville on Tuesday (February 5, 2019) afternoon. Details on this incident appear limited at this time. The crash happened at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the area of Interstate 88 between Route 59 and Raymond Drive. This incident is discussed in various media sources including the February 5, 2019 abc7chicago.com article titled “Police search for hit-and-run driver in Naperville near I-88 and Route 59” as well as the February 5 Naperville Patch article titled “Hit-And-Run Suspect Sought In Naperville: Cops.”

Additional details and possible updates concerning these DuPage County “hit & run” crashes can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Hanover Park Car Accident Involving “Head-On Collision”

A Hanover Park car accident has led to the death of a driver and injuries to the passenger and another driver.

According to Hanover Park Police, this Hanover Park car accident was a “head-on collision” that occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday (January 12, 2019) morning. The collision occurred on County Farm Road north of Lawrence Avenue.

The driver of a Kia, identified as Jason Moore, 35, of Carol Stream, was declared dead after being taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. A subsequent autopsy revealed that he died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.

Moore’s 12-year-old son, a passenger in the car, was injured and hospitalized.

The driver of the other vehicle, which was a Subaru Impreza, was identified as an 18-year-old man from Streamwood. He was also taken to a hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

An excerpt regarding this Hanover Park car accident, from the January 14, 2019 Daily Herald article titled “Carol Stream man killed in Hanover Park collision“:

Hanover Park police said officers responding to the crash determined that a northbound silver Subaru Impreza driven by the 18-year-old Streamwood man collided with Moore’s southbound red Kia Soul.

The DuPage Crash Accident Reconstruction Task Force is assisting Hanover Park police with the ongoing investigation.

Additional details regarding this fatal Hanover Park car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed, 2 others hurt in Hanover Park crash.”

As discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page, there are many reasons why this type of frontal collision typically results in serious, if not life-threatening, accident injuries. Such collisions can be very hard to avoid as there can be very little warning that a vehicle is about to veer into opposing lanes.

Crashes Involving Drivers Who Leave The Scene Of The Accident

Drivers choose to leave the scene of an accident for various reasons.  Often, the driver is intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol, and doesn’t want to face the blame and associated consequences of driving while impaired.  These “hit & run” accidents occur in many instances.

There was a Lisle accident allegedly involving a driver who chose to leave the scene of the accident on Saturday (January 12, 2019) evening. The crash happened at Ogden Avenue and Karns Road.

An excerpt regarding the crash in which the driver allegedly chose to leave the scene of the accident, from the January 14, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man charged with DUI, running from Lisle crash“:

Carlos D. Bravo-Diaz, 19, was driving a vehicle that was involved in a crash at 7:09 p.m. at Ogden Avenue and Karns Road in Lisle, according to a statement from Lisle police. He had been involved in another crash a short time earlier near Naper Boulevard and Ogden in Naperville.

After the Lisle crash, Bravo-Diaz got out of the vehicle and ran away on foot, police said. A witness was able to subdue him and hold him until police arrived.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, from the January 14, 2019 Daily Herald article titled “Police: Naperville man fled scene of DUI crash Saturday“:

Bravo-Diaz is charged with aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to give aid, driving without a valid license, unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, driving without insurance and driving in the wrong lane, according to Lisle police.

Lisle police officials said the two people injured were transported to a hospital where they were treated and released.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Lisle accident where the driver chose to leave the scene of the accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Naperville Four-Car Crash At 75th Street and Naper Boulevard

There was a Naperville four-car crash on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2019) after which a driver was charged with DUI.

According to Naperville Police, this Naperville four-car crash happened at 75th Street and Naper Boulevard, and resulted in three people being injured.

An excerpt regarding this DuPage County crash, from the January 3, 2019 Naperville Sun article titled “Woman charged with DUI in 4-car pileup that injured 3 people: Naperville police“:

The preliminary investigation indicates Sara A. Ricker, 49, of the 5300 block of Newport Street, was driving a blue Nissan SUV at a high rate of speed about 5:20 p.m. Jan. 1 when she hit a vehicle stopped for a red light, causing a chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles, police said.

Three people were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries. Their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature. One driver declined medical attention.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, from the Naperville Patch article of January 6, titled “DUI for Lisle Woman Accused Of Causing 4-Car Pileup in Naperville“:

Police charged Ricker with driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic violations in connection with the four-car crash. She was taken into custody and later released on bond.

Additional details regarding this Naperville four-car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources including those mentioned above.

On this site, accidents in which DUI charges have been applied are seen in posts in the “DuPage County DUI” category. As seen in those posts, these crashes have resulted in many serious injuries and some fatalities. While there have been many efforts made to reduce drunk driving, crashes caused by drunk driving continues to be a significant if not substantial traffic safety problem. In addition to this type of impaired driving, there is also the growing threat of driving while drug impaired, which is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

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.”