Motorcyclist Dies Following Joliet Crash

There was a motorcycle accident in Joliet after which the motorcyclist died early Sunday (September 18, 2016) morning.

At this time details regarding the accident appear somewhat limited.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, the crash happened as a motorcyclist was traveling north on Route 59, at Country Glen Court, in Joliet.  The motorcycle was then struck by another vehicle.

An excerpt from The Herald-News article of September 18, 2016, titled “Plainfield man dies, Joliet woman charged after motorcycle accident“:

Kathy A. Molitor, 58, of the 4600 block of Lalique Court in Joliet, was arrested in connection with the crash on charges of aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence of alcohol and making an improper left turn, according to Joliet Chief of Police Brian Benton and Will County jail records.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Herald-News article mentioned above as well as the September 18 Joliet Patch article titled “Plainfield Motorcyclist Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle in Joliet:  Coroner.”

Fatal Motorcycle Collision In Bolingbrook

A motorcyclist died from accident injuries following a Thursday (September 1, 2016) crash in Bolingbrook.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be currently publicly disclosed.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, a crash occurred Thursday night near the corner of Remington Boulevard and Territorial Drive.  The collision involved a motorcycle colliding with another vehicle.

The motorcyclist, identified as David Bentham, 31,  of Oswego, was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. after being taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Bolingbrook Police Department.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 2, 2016 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Killed in Bolingbrook Crash” as well as the September 2 wjol.com article titled “Bolingbrook Motorcycle-Vehicle Collision Claims Life of Oswego Man.”

Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision In Custer Park

There was a fatal vehicle collision Saturday morning (August 27, 2016) in Custer Park.  The accident involved a “head-on collision” involving a car and semi truck.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened on Route 113 near West River Road.  An eastbound Chevrolet Monte Carlo lost control and hit a westbound semi truck.

The driver of the Monte Carlo, identified as Cameron A. Latour, 18, of Custer Park, was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. at the accident scene by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

The truck driver had minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of these accident injuries.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of August 29, 2016, titled “Police:  Rainfall contributed to fatal Will County crash“:

Illinois Sate Police Sgt. George Del Rio said the roads were wet and the Monte Carlo was likely traveling too fast for conditions.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the August 28 The Herald-News article titled “Custer Park man dies after car accident.”

Pedestrian Dies Following Accident In Frankfort

There was a fatal pedestrian accident early Saturday morning (August 20., 2016) in Frankfort.

The accident is discussed in the Mokena Patch article of August 22, 2016, titled “Orland Man Charged with DUI in Crash that Killed Frankfort Man.”

As seen in the article, the accident involved a pedestrian who was struck by a car as he while walking on the shoulder of 80th Avenue.   The pedestrian died the next day.  The driver of the car faces various charges, including DUI.  The accident also apparently involved distracted driving.

Additional details regarding this fatal Will County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Mokena Patch article mentioned above.

The Number Of Accidents Caused By Road Hazards

Road hazards are a subject that has been discussed often on this site, as such road hazards are potentially dangerous for motorists.  One reason for this danger is that road hazards are often unexpected, and there can be little if no advanced warning as to their presence.  Road hazards can take many forms, including foreign items that are sitting on the roadway, or items have fallen off of other vehicles.  These various road hazards have caused or contributed to many Illinois crashes.  As seen in various posts on this site, recent road hazards in Will County have included such things as (very) large potholes, holes in bridge decks, and dislodged pavement markers.  The subject of Will County road hazards is more thoroughly discussed on the “Will County Road Hazards” page.

On August 11, 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released findings from a research report titled “The Prevalence Of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Road Debris, United States, 2011-2014.”  The report highlights the incidence of accidents caused by road hazards.  The report factors in crashes by vehicles including cars, pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and SUVs.  The report highlights the extent of road hazards causing accidents, particularly those on highways.

As stated in the report’s Fact Sheet:

Between 2011-2014, road debris was a factor in a total of more than 200,000 police-reported crashes

Resulted in a total of approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths

The Fact Sheet defines road hazards as:

Road debris is defined in the current study as debris from any source, including by not limited to vehicles, that can pose a significant safety hazard (animals in the road, trees that fell onto vehicles, debris caused by a previous crash, and construction-related materials in active work zones were not counted as debris)

Also, the fact sheet mentions that:

About two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads.

The report is also discussed in the August 11, 2016 abcnews.com article (with video) titled “New Study Shows Risks of Road Debris in Highway Crashes.”  The video in the article shows various accidents caused by road hazards, including a car wheel or car tire bouncing down a highway and into the windshield of oncoming vehicle.

Additional details regarding the hazards caused by road hazards can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

“Chain-Reaction” Crash In Joliet Injures Four People

There was a five-car “chain-reaction” crash Thursday (August 11, 2016) in Joliet.  A woman was later charged with DUI in connection with the accident.

This crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the August 12, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Drunken Driver Causes 5-Vehicle Crash that sends 4 to Hospital:  Police.”

As seen in the article, a 50-year-old woman (Maria Garcia) driving a Honda “rear-ended” a Ford F150 at the intersection of Jackson Street and Collin Street at approximately 7:26 p.m.  After that initial collision, a “chain-reaction” crash occurred in which other vehicles were struck.  In all, five vehicles were involved and four people were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.  None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the article:

Garcia was arrested for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, no valid driver’s license and no insurance.

Additional details regarding this Will County multi-vehicle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch article mentioned above.

Fatal Car-Semi Collision In Will Township

There was a fatal car accident Thursday morning (August 11, 2016) in Will Township.

According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at 6:10 a.m., and the accident scene was at Will-Center and County Line Roads.

An excerpt from The Herald-News article of August 11, 2016, titled “Man killed in Will Township crash,” quoting Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer:

“Preliminary reports indicate the man driving the Buick was traveling south on Will-Center when he went through a stop sign,” Hoffmeyer said.

The Buick was then struck by a westbound semi truck.

The driver of the Buick was identified as a 21-year-old man from Lisle.  He died at the accident scene.

The driver of the semi refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

A quote from the August 11, 2016 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Lisle man killed in car crash in Will County,” again quoting Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer:

“At this time deputies believe that the deceased driver did not see the stop sign because of the very thick and heavy fog that was present in the area,” she said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Herald-News and mysuburbanlife.com articles mentioned above.

Warning Regarding Pavement Buckling

Road hazards are a subject that has been discussed often on this site, as such road hazards can be hazardous to motorists and motorcyclists.  Road hazards can take many forms, including items that are sitting on the roadway or are falling off of other vehicles.  These items, including deer running across the roadway, often are unexpected and pose a challenge to drivers who are seeking to avoid hitting such objects.

As well, there are various types of road hazards relating to pavement deformities, including potholes, broken pavement, uneven pavement, large cracks, and gravel.

Many types of road hazards are further discussed on the Will County Road Hazards page.

One type of road hazard that is both unexpected and potentially (very) dangerous to motorists is that of buckling pavement.  This typically happens during high outdoor temperatures, and typically involves a substantial, unforeseen “bump” forming on the roadway as the pavement breaks apart and rises.  While this pavement buckling is rare, it does happen.  One recent example in the Chicago area was seen on South Lake Shore Drive in July 2016, and is discussed in the July 12, 2016 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “The Reason Lake Shore Drive Pavement Buckles.”

On July 20, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a warning about pavement buckling, given that Will County as well as the greater Chicago area weather is expected to climb well into the 90-100 degree range.  The IDOT news release is titled “Extreme Heat Could Lead to Pavement Failures.” (pdf)  An Excerpt from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging motorists to be on the alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the recent rainfall and extreme heat in the forecast. The combination of very high temperatures and precipitation can lead to pavement expanding and ultimately buckling or blowing out, causing uneven driving surfaces in some areas. As long as the heat and humidity persists, IDOT will be monitoring the situation, with crews available to make repairs as quickly as possible if they are needed.

Additional details regarding this possible pavement buckling can be seen in the IDOT and CBS Chicago sources mentioned above.

Driver Suffers Severe Head Injuries During Joliet Collision

There was a four-vehicle “chain-reaction” collision Monday morning (July 18, 2016) in Joliet.  The accident happened at Cass Street and Collins Street.

According to the Joliet Police Department, the accident happened at 6:05 a.m., when a 2002 GMC Envoy was stopped at a red light on eastbound Cass Street.  At that time, it was “rear-ended” by a Ford Econoline van.

This collision caused the vehicles to go into the intersection, at which point they collided with two other vehicles.

Joliet Police officers administered CPR to the driver of the Envoy.  He may have been in respiratory arrest.  The 54-year-old man was initially taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, and later was flow to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.  His injuries included what was described by Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory as “severe head injuries.”

The driver of the Econoline van, identified as Octavio Vargas, 53, of Joliet, was also taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding this “chain-reaction crash” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 18 The Herald-News article titled “Two hospitalized after crash in Joliet” as well as the July 18 Joliet Patch article titled “CPR Performed on SUV Driver After 4-Vehicle Crash in Joliet.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Channahon

There was a fatal motorcycle accident early Friday (July 15, 2016) morning in Channahon.  The accident was discovered by Channahon Police at 1:15 a.m.

An excerpt from the July 15, 2016 The Herald-News article titled “Channahon man killed in motorcycle crash” quoting Channahon Police Chief Jeff Wold, speaking of the motorcyclist:

“It appears he was on Ridge Road and was turning onto Blue Grass Drive,” Wold said. “Preliminary investigation shows he hit the curb on the median and lost control of the bike.”

The motorcyclist was identified as David H. Poole Jr., 55, of Channahon.  He was later pronounced dead at the accident scene by the Grundy County Coroner.

Poole was not wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash.

The traffic accident investigation continues by the Grundy County Coroner and the Channahon Police Department.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Herald-News article seen above as well as the July 15 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Channahon Motorcyclist Dies in Early Morning Crash.”