Teenager Driving Safety

Recently there has been commentary and statistics released regarding teenager driving safety.

Two of these sources include the June 19, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Auto accidents biggest killer of teens; lack of safety belts, inexperience to blame.”  This article contains a variety of commentary and statistics regarding teen driver safety, including seat belt usage and distracted driving.  Also displayed is Illinois’ driver’s license requirements for teenagers.

Mentioned in this Chicago Tribune article is statistics from the National Safety Council document titled “100 Deadliest Days For Teens On The Road.”  This graphic with statistics, and commentary as to how parents can improve teen driver safety, is seen below:


The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers
Provided by Drive It Home

“Wrong-Way” Driver Accident On I-55 In Bolingbrook

There was a Will County three-vehicle accident early this morning (June 27, 2014) involving a “wrong-way driver” on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) in Bolingbrook.

This “wrong-way driver” accident happened just after 2:00 a.m. as a SUV was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-55, south of Route 53.. At that point, it struck a car and a pickup truck.

The “wrong-way driver” was identified as Yareline Melgarejo, 24, of Plainfield. She was charged with a DUI.

She, along with another driver, identified as a 21-year-old woman from Chicago, were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. The third driver, a 60-year-old man, was taken to Bolingbrook Adventist.

All three injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 27, 2014 abc7chicago.com article titled “Wrong-way driver Yareline Melgarejo charged with DUI in 3-vehicle crash on I-55 near Route 53” as well as the June 27 CBS Chicago article titled “Stevenson Expressway Wrong-Way Driver Charged With DUI.”

Boy Injured During Hit & Run Accident In Joliet, Illinois

There was a hit & run accident in Joliet, Illinois on Friday, June 20, 2014 that seriously injured an 11-year-old boy.

The boy was crossing Comstock Street at approximately 6:30 p.m., when he was struck by a hit & run driver who was driving an SUV.  At the time of the accident, the SUV was driving northbound.

The boy was first taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital, but then airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 23, 2014 Joliet Patch article titled “Child Struck by Hit & Run Driver on Comstock in ‘Very Critical Condition’:  Cops” as well as the June 20 The Bugle article titled “Joliet hit-and-run leaves child injured.”

Two Hit & Run Accidents In Joliet, Illinois

There were two Will County hit & run traffic accidents on Sunday night (June 15, 2014) in Joliet, Illinois, involving a car and motorcycle accident.  A man has been charged with DUI regarding these accidents.

According to Joliet Police, the first accident in which the man was involved happened at 5:40 p.m., when the man was driving north on Essington Road and “rear-ended” a vehicle at Essington Road and Glenwood Avenue.

The man sped away, only to “rear-end” a motorcyclist at Essington and Ingalls.  He then left this accident scene.

The man, identified as Sean J. Maccani, 25, of Joliet, was arrested at his home at 6:45 p.m.

The motorcyclist was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center with injuries.

An excerpt from thetimesweekly.com article of June 16, 2014, titled “Drunk driver plows into motorcyclist, keeps going, police say” :

Maccani’s blood alcohol was .29 at the time of his arrest, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

He was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, blood alcohol content over .08 and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He is being held in the Will County jail pending a bond hearing.

Additional details regarding these hit & run DUI accidents can be seen in thetimesweekly.com article mentioned above, as well as the June 16, 2014 Joliet Patch article titled “Drunken Joliet Man Hits Car, Flees, Hits Motorcycle, Flees Again & Gets Arrested at Home:  Cops.”


Pedestrian Safety Statistics And Discussion

On June 12, 2014 there was an article published regarding pedestrian safety.  The article is from the Lisle Patch and is titled “Are America’s Streets Designed for Death?”  The article discusses various aspects of pedestrian deaths, including statistics and causes of pedestrian deaths, as well as recommendations as to improve pedestrian safety.  The article also references various resources, such as Smart Growth America’s May 2014 “Dangerous By Design 2014” report (pdf.)

Notable excerpts from the Lisle Patch article include:

Streets designed to maximize speed for cars have created a dangerous world for pedestrians, a new study argues.

From 2003 to 2012, more than 47,000 people, many of them children, were hit and killed while walking outdoors. An estimated 676,000 were injured. Meanwhile, the number of adults who said they walked for transportation grew 6 percent from 2005 to 2010.

Within the Smart Growth America’s report mentioned above, there are many statistics with regard to pedestrian safety, characteristics of dangerous roads, and related issues.  On page 11, the following statistic is found:

Indeed, more than half—52.3 percent—of the 45,284 pedestrian deaths (for which roadway classification data were recorded) over the last decade occurred on arterial roadways.

As well, on page 27, speed as a factor in the number of pedestrian accidents and their severity is discussed.  An excerpt:

Nationally, speeding is a leading cause of preventable deaths, causing nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities each year, or close to 10,000 lives. Speeding not only increases the likelihood of crashes with people on foot, it increases the probability that those crashes will cause injuries that are far more serious.24 At 20 mph, the risk of death to a person on foot struck by the driver of a vehicle is 6 percent. At 30 mph, that risk of death is three times greater. And at 45 mph, the risk of death is 65 percent—11 times greater than at 20 mph. When struck by a car going 50 mph, pedestrian fatality rates are 75 percent and injury rates are more than 90 percent.

Additional details concerning the issue of pedestrian safety, statistics, and related issues can be found in the Smart Growth America’s report mentioned above.

Four-Vehicle Crash In Plainfield, Illinois

There was a Will County four-vehicle “chain-reaction” crash Friday (June 6, 2014) in Plainfield, Illinois.  Two people were taken to an area hospital following the accident.

This accident happened at approximately 8:10 a.m. on Route 126 (Main Street) near Eastern Avenue.

An excerpt from the June 6, 2014 Naperville Patch article titled “Two Hospitalized After Plainfield Crash” :

Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said the rear-end, chain-reaction crash happened at around 8:10 a.m. when one vehicle struck the back of a box truck, pushing the truck into two other vehicles. 

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Naperville Patch article mentioned above.

Pedestrian Accident In Romeoville, Illinois

A pedestrian accident in Romeoville, Illinois on Monday (June 2, 2014) serves as another example of pedestrian accidents that can happen in parking lots.

This Romeoville pedestrian accident involved an 11-year-old girl who was struck by a car while she was walking in a gas station parking lot.

This pedestrian accident happened as the car was traveling slowly.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County pedestrian accident can be seen in the Romeoville Patch article of June 3, 2014 titled “Driver Cited After Child Struck By Car.”

Fatal Will County Car Crash

There was a fatal car accident in Homer Township (Will County) on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, this accident happened when a driver was heading southbound on Bell Road, lost control of the car, and crashed into a ComEd utility poll on Bell Road south of 143rd Street.

An excerpt from The Herald-News article of June 1, 2014 titled “Homer Glen crash engulfs car and driver in flames,” quoting Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas:

“A sergeant saw the car go by at a very high rate of speed,” Kaupas said. “He observed the vehicle go into the gravel on the side of the road and lose control.”

The car rolled over several times before hitting the ComEd pole, Kaupas said.

“He struck a pole that came down on the vehicle and immediately ignited the vehicle and the driver inside the vehicle,” Kaupas said.

The driver who died was identified as Andrew Mazza, 23, of Lockport.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he died from injuries suffered during the accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in The Herald-News article mentioned above as well as the June 3 CBS Chicago article titled “Lockport Man Killed In Homer Township Crash.”