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.

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.

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.”

Fatal Motorcycle-Car Collision In Joliet

There was a fatal Will County motorcycle accident late Saturday night (July 2, 2016) in Joliet.  This accident involved a motorcycle crashing into a car.

According to authorities, the accident happened as a motorcyclist, identified as Jermain K. Bennett, 42, of Joliet,  was riding a Honda CVR900 motorcycle when the collision with the car occurred at 10:37 p.m. at Third Avenue and Richards Street, shown below:

An excerpt from the July 3, 2016 Morris Herald-News article titled “Joliet man charged in connection with 2012 slaying killed in traffic crash“:

“Witnesses said Bennett was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed when he went into the intersection and struck the westbound Charger,” Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said.

Bennett was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries, and, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office, was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. Sunday.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, the preliminary cause of death was multiple injuries sustained during the crash.

The driver of the car was identified as Loria Ware, 50, of Joliet.

Another excerpt from the Morris Herald-News article mentioned above:

Ware has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, drug possession and marijuana possession.

This car-motorcycle collision remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Morris Herald-News article mentioned above as well as the July 3 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Joliet crash” and the Joliet Patch article of July 3 titled “Joliet Motorcyclist Dies After Crashing Into Vehicle.”

Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Homer Glen

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Friday evening (July 1, 2016) in Homer Glen.

Publicly disclosed details regarding this fatal crash appear to be limited at this time.

The accident happened at approximately 4:30 p.m., near the intersection of 179th Street and Spring Meadows Drive.  The motorcycle crash led to the death of William Johnson, 57, of New Lenox.

The accident remains under investigation by the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 3, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “New Lenox man killed in Homer Glen motorcycle crash.”

Fatal Collision Between Semi Truck And Vehicle In Peotone Township

There was a collision between a vehicle and semi truck Saturday afternoon (July 2, 2016) in Peotone Township.  A woman in the vehicle died as a result of the accident, which happened at the intersection of Wilmington-Peotone Road and Center Road.

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

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, Sarah M. Hank, 19, of Homewood, was declared dead at the accident scene at 4:00 p.m.  She was the driver of the vehicle that was struck by the semi truck.

This fatal collision continues to be under investigation by the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 3, 2016 Herald-News article titled “Homewood teen killed in crash with semi in Peotone Township” as well as the July 3 CBS Chicago article titled “Homewood Woman Killed In Will County Crash.”

Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Joliet Township

There was a fatal motorcycle accident early Saturday morning (June 25, 2016) in Joliet.

This motorcycle accident involved a motorcycle leaving the roadway and crashing into a ditch.  The reason for this loss of motorcycle control is currently undisclosed.  The accident happened in the 1700 block of W. Laraway Rd.

The motorcyclist was identified as John S. Mitchell, 33, of Monee.  He was declared dead at 5:30 a.m. by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 25, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Dies in Joliet Township Crash” as well as the June 26 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Monee man killed in motorcycle crash in Joliet.”