Fatal Vehicle Accident On I-55 Near Lemont, Illinois

There was a fatal vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon (May 28, 2014) on Interstate 55 (I-55) near Lemont, Illinois.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this vehicle accident happened as a man was traveling south on I-55 near Interstate 355 at approximately 2:30 p.m.  For reasons unknown – although it is believed he may have suffered from a medical condition – he lost control of his GMC Acadia and the vehicle left the roadway.  In doing so, it traveled across an area of grass before colliding with a light pole.

The driver was identified as Vernon H. Joy Jr., 71, of Naperville.  He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 28, 2014 Daily Herald article titled “Naperville man killed in I-55 crash” as well as the May 29 Naperville Patch article titled “Police Identify Naperville Man Killed in I-55 Crash.”

Fatal Car Accident In Channahon, Illinois

There was a fatal Will County car accident in Channahon early Tuesday morning, May 27, 2014.

The accident happened on Tryon Street, about one-quarter mile north of Pawnee Lane.

According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the car was found at approximately 2:20 a.m.  This car accident happened after the driver, identified as Madison C. Angus, 18, of Channahon, apparently lost control of her car.

An excerpt from the Morris Daily Herald article of May 27, 2014, titled “Recent Minooka grad killed in crash,” quoting Kathy Hoffmeyer, spokesperson of the Will County Sheriff’s Office:

Hoffmeyer said the Pontiac went on its side, struck several trees and continued down the embankment. Angus was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, Hoffmeyer said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports suggest high speed was a factor in the crash, but alcohol was not, Hoffmeyer said.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, Madison Angus was declared dead at the accident scene at 3:25 a.m.

There were no passengers in the car.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County accident can be seen in a variety of articles, including the Morris Daily Herald article mentioned above as well as the May 27 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Channahon Teen Killed in SIngle-Vehicle Crash.”

Fatal Car Accident In Romeoville, Illinois

There was a fatal car accident in Romeoville, Illinois on Thursday night (May 22, 2014) involving a car that drove into a retention pond.

The Romeoville Police Department responded to this car accident at 7:49 p.m.  According to Romeoville Police, the retention pond was near Bluff Road, west of Joliet Road.

The accident involved a 2001 Mazda that was driven by a 25-year-old female.  Also in the car was a 54-year-old male.  For reasons currently unknown, the car left the road and went into the retention pond.  Whereas the woman was able to escape from the submerged car, the man was not able to escape and was later found in the pond by firefighters.

The driver was identified as Vanessa Kwakwe, 25, of Romeoville.  The male passenger was identified as Kojo Pewudie, 54, of Woodridge.

Both were taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.   According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, Pewudie was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m.

This fatal Will County car accident is under investigation by the Romeoville Police Department Traffic Unit.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources, including the May 23, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “One dead, one injured after car drives into Romeoville retention pond” as well as the May 23 Romeoville Patch.com article titled “Man Dies After Car Plunges into Romeoville Pond.”

Fatal Traffic Accident In Romeoville, Illinois

There was a fatal Will County vehicle accident Monday morning (May 19, 2014) in Romeoville, Illinois.

The accident happened at 5:15 a.m., as a man driving an SUV eastbound on Taylor was turning north onto Weber.  At that point he was struck by a minivan.

According to Romeoville Police, as well as the Will County Coroner’s Office, the man in the SUV was identified as Don Trasmonte, 41.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:08 a.m.

A passenger in the SUV – Trasmonte’s wife – was also hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

This vehicle accident remains under investigation by the Romeoville Police Department Traffic Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 19, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Driver questioned in fatal Romeoville crash” as well as the May 19 The Bugle article titled “Fatal crash at Weber and Taylor Roads.”

Girl Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle In Joliet, Illinois

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Friday (May 16, 2014) in Joliet, Illinois.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), this fatal pedestrian accident happened as a man drove south on Pheasant Run Road in Joliet, and his vehicle hit a girl as she was crossing Illinois Route 53.

The girl was identified as Shatoya Batiste, 14, of Joliet.  She was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as John Severson, 59.  

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of May 19, 2014, titled “Man charged after vehicle hits, kills teenage girl in Joliet” :

John Severson, 59, is charged with a felony count of failure to report an accident or injury, according to the Will County Sheriff’s office website. He also faces misdemeanor counts of failure to reduce speed, violating a driver’s license restriction, operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the May 19 CBS Chicago article titled “Teenage Girl Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Joliet.”

Guilty Plea In Fatal Plainfield Motorcycle Accident

The May 16, 2014 Channahon-Minooka Patch.com article titled “Man Pleads Guilty in Crash that Killed Minooka Motorcyclist” contains an update and summary regarding a July 14, 2012 fatal motorcycle accident in Plainfield.

An excerpt from the article:

A driver pleaded guilty to having heroin and Vicodin in his system when he caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist two years ago in Plainfield.

Andrew Henderson, 26, of Palos Park, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated DUI in the 2012 crash that killed 57-year-old Ron Oswald of Minooka. 

The original underlying motorcycle accident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. on July 14, 2012.  At that time, according to police, the Dodge Durango driven by Henderson “rear-ended” a Nissan Altima at the intersection of Route 126 and County Line Road.  As a result of the impact, a “chain-reaction” crash occurred in which the car was pushed into the path of Oswald’s motorcycle, causing another collision.  Multiple people were injured.

Additional details can be seen in the Channahon-Minooka Patch.com article mentioned above; the original July 14, 2012 accident is also described in the July 21, 2012 Joliet Patch article titled “Saturday Crash Update:  One Dead.”

Car Accidents Involving GM’s Faulty Ignition Switches – Air Bag Deployment Issues

Many questions have arisen regarding the car accidents involving GM cars (since recalled) that have GM’s defective ignition switches.

One of the open questions regarding car accidents involving GM’s faulty ignition switches is why the cars’ air bags failed to deploy in the 13 fatal accidents that are believed to have stemmed from the faulty ignition switches.

Newly released information may provide the answer to why the air bags failed to deploy, even in instances in which one would certainly have expected them to.

The May 13, 2014 foxnews.com article titled “GM recall reveals gaps in air bag knowledge” discusses various aspects of this air bag deployment issue.

An excerpt:

Here’s an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: they don’t always deploy when drivers — or regulators — expect them to.

Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars with defective ignition switches. In each of those crashes, and in others in which occupants were injured, the air bags failed to deploy even after striking trees, guard rails or other objects.

Puzzled by these failures, federal safety regulators told Congress last month they believed the cars’ air bags should have worked for up to 60 seconds after the engine stalled. But GM has since told The Associated Press that regulators were mistaken: the cars only had enough reserve power to sense a crash and deploy the air bags for 150 milliseconds after the switch malfunctioned and cut off the car’s power.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this air bag issue can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the foxnews.com article mentioned above, as well as the May 13 Washington Post article titled “Facts about air bags involved in GM recalls.”

Illinois “Click It Or Ticket”

Today (May 9, 2014) IDOT issued a press release titled “Illinois Law Enforcement Out in Force to Remind Motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket.’”  This release discusses a variety of issues with regard to seat belt usage trends and associated fatal vehicle accident trends in Illinois.

An excerpt includes:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies today announced plans to crack down on seat belt law and impaired driving violators. To kick off the busy summer travel season, a two-week, law enforcement mobilization will begin May 9th and run through Memorial Day, May 26th. During this time, police will enforce seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws 24/7, with a large number of patrols occurring during late-night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur on Illinois roads.

This mobilization coincides with the beginning of the busy summer travel season, when traffic is at its highest. All too often the increase in traffic is followed by an increase in motor vehicle fatalities. While Illinois has remained below 1,000 fatalities for the last 5 years, the last two years have seen increases. As of May 7, 2014, total provisional motor vehicle fatalities in Illinois are 246, 84 below the same date last year.

The press release also discusses various issues including the seat belt law in Illinois, and also cites various statistics regarding seat belt use and Illinois traffic fatalities.

 

I-55 Truck Fire In Romeoville

As explained in the “Will County Car Crashes” page, for many reasons vehicle accidents and associated injuries can happen in Will County.

One of these reasons is “traffic hazards,” a category which encompasses many different types of occurrences that increases danger for traffic.

One type of traffic hazard is car or vehicle fires.  While these types of vehicle fires don’t seem to happen on a frequent basis, when they do happen, they can create dangerous conditions for the vehicle’s occupants, as well as hazards and delays for other traffic.

One example of a truck fire was seen today (May 9, 2014) in Romeoville as a semi truck caught fire at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Interstate 55 near Weber Road.  It is not known at this time how the fire started.

While there are no reports of injuries caused by this truck fire, pictures of the truck indicate that the fire caused severe damage to the truck.

Traffic was backed up for miles because of this truck fire and the lane closures that occurred.

This Romeoville truck fire is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 9, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Big Delay On Interstate 55 After Truck Fire In Romeoville” as well as the May 9 NBC Chicago article titled “Truck Fire Shuts Down Southbound I-55.”

Fatal I-55 Crash Near Bolingbrook

There was a fatal car accident early Sunday morning (April 4, 2014) on Interstate 55 (I-55) near Bolingbrook.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this single-vehicle accident happened shortly after 2:00 a.m. west of Interstate 355 near mile post 269.

Four people were in the car – including a man and three boys – when the car accident happened.

An excerpt from the May 4, 2014 Batavia Patch.com article titled “Child Killed, Three People Hurt in I-55 Crash:  State Police” :

Illinois State Police Sgt. Scott Angus said four people were in a 2012 Dodge Journey when it struck the center median and rolled over.

One boy in the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle during the accident.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 3:40 a.m.  He was identified as Taylor Dyer, 4, of Romeoville.

Two other boys, ages 2 and 7, were injured and taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The driver, a 29-year-old man said to be the father of the boys, was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

Another excerpt from the Batavia Patch article mentioned above:

The driver of the Dodge, a 29-year-old Romeoville man, is in custody at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital on a charge of aggravated DUI, Angus said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Batavia Patch article mentioned above, as well as the May 4 Chicago Tribune article titled “Boy, 4, killed and 3 others injured in I-55 crash near Bolingbrook” as well as the May 4 CBS Chicago article titled “Boy, 4, Killed; 3 Others Injured In Bolingbrook Crash.”