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.

Naperville Fatal Vehicle Collision That Occurred On Naper Boulevard

A Naperville fatal vehicle collision occurred Thursday (May 16, 2019) morning. According to Naperville Police, this Naperville fatal vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of Naper Boulevard and Washington Street.

This collision allegedly involved one vehicle traveling the wrong way.

Vehicle occupants included a 64-year-old woman from Bolingbrook driving a Hyundai as well as a 61-year-old male driver from Lisle who was driving a Nissan. The Nissan also carried a 59-year-old female passenger.

An excerpt concerning this Naperville fatal vehicle collision, from the May 16, 2019 Naperville Patch article titled “1 Dead After 2-Car Crash In Naperville: Cops“:

The crash took place around 8:45 a.m., according to a news release. Police say the initial investigation indicates that the Hyundai was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Naper Boulevard when it collided with the Nissan, which was traveling southbound.

All vehicle occupants were taken to a local hospital. One of the people involved in the crash was declared dead after being taken to the hospital.

This Naperville fatal vehicle collision remains under investigation. Naperville Police are asking those who witnessed the accident to call Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-420-8833.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal DuPage County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the May 16 Naperville Sun article titled “Police investigating cause of fatal crash at Washington Street and Naper Boulevard.”

Crashes that involve one vehicle driving in the wrong direction typically lead to serious, if not life-threatening injuries to vehicle occupants. These collisions are often “head-on collisions” in which vehicle occupants are suddenly subject to very strong physical forces that are highly unnatural in nature. Such collisions are often unexpected and as such can be very difficult to avoid, especially if one vehicle suddenly crosses the center line.

The subject of “head-on collisions” and the injuries involved, as well as legal aspects is further discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.

I-294 Accident In Hinsdale Results In Fatal Accident Injuries

An I-294 accident in Hinsdale on Thursday (April 11, 2019) resulted in fatal accident injuries to a driver.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) this I-294 accident near Hinsdale occurred at 11:18 p.m. The crash involved a collision involving a Hyundai Sante Fe and a Volvo semi truck. The accident allegedly involved driving at a high speed.

An excerpt concerning this I-294 accident in Hinsdale and its causes, from the April 12, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dead after crash on I-294 in Hinsdale“:

At 11:18 p.m., Matthew King was northbound at a high rate of speed on I-294 in a white Hyundai Sante Fe when he struck a Volvo semitrailer, Illinois State Police said.

King, 43, of Indian Head Park, was taken by the Hinsdale Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the semi truck, identified as a 34-year-old man, was not hurt during the collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-294 accident in Hinsdale can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the April 12 Daily Herald article titled “Man killed in crash after driving car into truck on I-294.”

On this site, ways to avoid vehicle accident injuries and their accompanying injuries is discussed on the “Avoiding Vehicle Accidents And The Accompanying Injuries” page. As seen on that page, while there are many reasons as to why vehicle accidents occur, taking various precautions can serve to reduce the possibility of a crash, perhaps substantially.

The page also discusses what to do if you are injured in an accident. Many people who are injured in an accident that is not their fault opt to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to get compensation for their accident injuries. This injury compensation issue is particularly important if medical costs stemming from the accident are high and/or there are ongoing effects and/or disabilities resulting from the accident injuries.

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.

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.