Will County DUI Accidents And Injuries

Drunk driving as well as driving while impaired on drugs continues to be a problematical issue with regard to safe travel in Will County as well as Illinois in general.

On this site, Will County vehicle crashes that have involved DUI are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category.  As seen in these accidents, serious injuries as well as fatal injuries have resulted from these crashes.  These crashes have included “wrong-way driver” accidents, “chain reaction” crashes, and vehicle rollovers.

The November 6, 2016 Joliet Patch article (“Will County Prosecutor Honored by Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists“) discusses various aspects of a Will County assistant state’s attorney in the prosecution of drunken driving cases.

An excerpt from the article, regarding one case:

Most notably, she led the prosecution team that secured a conviction and a 9-1/2 year prison term for Cecil Conner, a drunken driver who caused a one-car wreck that killed a 5-year-old boy in May 2010 in south suburban Steger. Michael Langford Jr., the son of Conner’s girlfriend, had been sleeping in the backseat when the car crossed the center line, drove across several lawns, ripped down a fence and collided with a pine tree at between 66-73 mph. Conner’s blood-alcohol level tested at .180.

That case is further discussed in the January 21, 2012 Chicago Tribune article titled “Steger man gets 9.5 years for fatal DUI.”

Roadways In Poor Condition And The Threat They Pose To Driver Safety

In the October 25, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “57,544 Miles of Bad Road:  See Where Illinois’ Roads Rank Against the Rest of the Country,” the subject of Illinois roads in poor condition is discussed.

An excerpt from the article:

Illinois has the 25th worst roads in the country with 18.8 percent of its 306,806-mile road system in poor condition.

Illinois’ road system in the third largest in the country, 24/7 Wall Street said.

While roads in poor condition don’t necessarily lead to accidents, there are a variety of roadway conditions that can lead to accidents.  For instance, tire blowouts (further discussed on the “Tire Blowouts As An Accident Cause” page) as well as other loss of control accidents can happen if a large pothole or other roadway deformity is hit by a vehicle.  As well, deteriorating roadways can lead to other problems, such as gravel and other roadway debris being present on the roadway.  While such debris isn’t necessarily a large potential threat to most vehicle drivers, gravel can be potentially problematical for some roadway users, such as motorcyclists.

Road hazards caused by various factors, including poorly maintained roads, are further discussed on the “Will County Road Hazards” page.

Illinois Department Of Transportation Warning Regarding Deer Collisions

On November 3, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Oh, Deer:  Potential Encounters to Rise in Coming Weeks.” (pdf)  The release speaks of deer-vehicle collisions in Illinois and features a variety of statistics.

Notable excerpts include:

Approximately 40 to 45 percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2015 occurred in October, November, and December – with November being the highest-risk month. Almost 80 percent happened in rural environments, with nearly 75 percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.
Last year, there were 15,754 vehicle-deer crashes in Illinois, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. There were 15,206 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles, up from the 14,854 in 2014. Injuries resulting from such crashes tallied 628 in 2015 versus 505 in 2014. The number of fatalities doubled, from four in 2014 to eight in 2015.
Also included in the news release were a listing of the Illinois counties in which the most deer-vehicle collisions occurred.  Will County was the county in which third most collisions occurred, with 408.
Tips for avoiding deer collisions, as well as what to do if your vehicle strikes a deer, are also provided in the release.  On this site, another post which discusses collisions with deer – as well as tips for avoiding them –  are seen in the October 21, 2016 post titled “Collisions With Deer And Tips On How To Avoid Them.”

Collisions With Deer And Tips On How To Avoid Them

On this site, many types of traffic hazards have been discussed.  The “Will County Road Hazards” page discusses the topic, and additional posts have also discussed road hazards that have happened in Will County.  These road hazards have the potential to cause accidents as well as various types of accident injuries.

Another type of road hazard that occurs is that presented by deer in the roadway or crossing the roadway.  While this driving risk can happen at any time, the risk of hitting a deer while driving is higher during certain times of the year, as well as during certain times of the day and night.

The Joliet Patch article of October 21, 2016 (“Oh Deer!  Risk of Hitting Deer While Driving Up From Last Year“) highlights statistics from State Farm regarding the frequency of car-deer collisions in Illinois.  Tips for avoiding these types of collisions are also provided.

Additionally, the Forest Preserve of DuPage County provided information with regard to deer, and tips to avoid hitting deer, a few years ago.  This information was summarized in the November 2, 2011 post titled “Elevated Risk Of Deer-Vehicle Collisions In Autumn.”

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.