Fatal Joliet Motorcycle Collision

There was a fatal motorcycle accident September 25, 2014 in Joliet.  In this crash, the motorcyclist was fatally injured and the motorcycle passenger was in critical condition.

According to Joliet Police, the accident happened at approximately 9:00 p.m.,  in the 700 block of Railroad Street as the motorcyclist was pulling out of the B&B Riverfront Bar and Grill.  At that time, the northbound motorcyclist “sideswiped” a car as he attempted to change lanes.

After the collision, the motorcyclist, identified as Patrick McDermott, 52, of Joliet, was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center, for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died early the next morning.

The female passenger on the motorcycle was transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in critical condition.  Her injuries are reported to include “severe leg injuries.”

An excerpt from the September 30, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed, woman critically hurt in Joliet crash“:

Police said McDermott was at the bar before the crash planning a benefit for another person who had recently been killed in a crash. No alcohol was found in his system, or in the driver of the other vehicle.

Additional details regarding this Will County fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the September 30 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Joliet police say alcohol not a factor in Wednesday motorcycle crash.”

Teenager Run Over By Car In Plainfield After Falling Off Hood

There was a Will County car accident involving a teenager falling off of a hood of a moving car and getting run over.  This car accident happened on Saturday (September 20, 2014) in Plainfield, Illinois.

According to Plainfield Police, the accident happened in the parking lot of Plainfield East High School, around noon.

At that point, a teenager, identified only as a 16-year-old male, slid off the hood of a moving car that was driven by one of his friends.  The car, driven by a 17-year-old male, had slowed for a stop sign.  The teenager was run over and then wedged between the car’s frame and back tires.

After being extricated by firefighters, the teenager was flown by helicopter to Advocate Christ Medical Center with various injuries.

The driver of the car was charged with felony aggravated reckless driving.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 22 Chicago Tribune article titled “Teen run over by car after falling off hood” as well as the September 21 Plainfield Patch article titled “Teen Run Over After Falling Off Hood of Moving Car:  Police.”

Joliet Fatal Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal Will County motorcycle accident in Joliet on Sunday night, September 21, 2014.  Two people, the motorcyclist and a passenger, died in the crash.

According to Joliet Police, the motorcycle accident happened at approximately 9:06 p.m., when a motorcyclist and passenger riding on a Harley-Davidson left the roadway for an unknown reason near Barney Drive and Glenwood Avenue, and struck a building at 2455 Glenwood Ave.

Both the motorcyclist and passenger were ejected from the bike during the collision.

The motorcyclist was identified as Patrick T. Ortiz, 34, of Channahon.  The motorcycle’s passenger was identified as Amy Reed, 24, of Palos Hills.

Both were taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, Ortiz died at 9:27 p.m. and Amy Reed died at 9:54 p.m.

Additional details regarding this fatal Will County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 22, 2014 theherald-news.com article titled “Two killed after motorcycle hits Joliet building” as well as the September 22 Joliet Patch article titled “Two Dead in Joliet Motorcycle Crash” and the September 22 Joliet Patch article titled “Coroner Identifies Man, Woman Killed in Motorcycle Crash.”

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Romeoville

There was a Will County fatal pedestrian accident Friday night (September 19, 2014) in Romeoville, in which a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a motorcycle.

This Illinois motorcycle accident happened at approximately 8:47 p.m., as a motorcyclist was riding north on Route 53.  At Route 53 just north of Chambers Drive the motorcycle struck a pedestrian that was apparently crossing the street.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, the pedestrian, identified as Mark D. Stukel, 56, of Channahon, was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where he was declared dead at 9:28 p.m.

The motorcyclist was not injured during the collision.

The incident continues to be under investigation by Romeoville police.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the September 20, 2014 Romeoville Patch article titled “Pedestrian Dies in Crash Involving Motorcycle in Romeoville” as well as the September 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man dies after being hit by motorcycle in Romeoville.”

Pickup Truck Crashes After High-Speed Driving In Will County

There was a Will County car accident early Friday morning (September 5, 2014) in which a man tried to elude Will County Sheriff’s Deputies, and crashed his truck.

A Will County Sheriff’s deputy first saw the man, driving a pickup truck, speeding toward him near Briggs and Fourth Avenue at 2:28 a.m.

Then, as seen from an excerpt from the September 5, 2014 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Man Crashes After Trying to Flee Police:  Sheriff“:

The deputy tried to pull Tinoco over as he accelerated onto I-80, Hoffmeyer said. Tinoco’s truck exited onto Richards Street, then failed to negotiate a turn before skidding and striking the center median and a traffic sign, police said.

Hoffmeyer said Tinoco continued over the median and, in a further effort to outrun the deputy, put the vehicle into reverse, almost hitting the deputy’s squad car.

The driver was identified as Juan Tinoco, 25, of Joliet.  He was arrested and charged with two counts of speeding and one count each of attempting to flee/elude police, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of a knife.

At one point, Tinoco allegedly reached a speed of 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch article mentioned above, as well as the September 5, 2014 thetimesweekly.com article titled “Joliet man flees police at 110 mph, sherriff’s office says.”

Fatal Bicycle Accident In Lockport, Illinois

There was a fatal Will County bicycle accident early Thursday morning (September 4, 2014) in Lockport.

According to Lockport Police, the bicycle accident happened at 5:01 a.m. Thursday in the 14000 block of New Avenue.

The traffic collision involved a car striking the bicyclist.

The bicyclist was taken by Lockport Township paramedics to Silver Cross Hospital, where he died from his injuries.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he was identified as Jeffery T. Flowers, 51, of Joliet.

The driver of the car was identified only as being a 19 years old.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 4, 2014 The Herald-News article titled “Bicyclist killed in early-morning Lockport crash” as well as the September 5 Joliet Patch article titled “Bicyclist Killed in Crash in Lockport.”

Discussion Of Traumatic Injury

Throughout this site, injuries from Will County car and other vehicle accidents are discussed.  While many of these injuries are minor in nature, many other car accident injuries are serious.  Some accident injuries lead to death.

Serious car injuries can take many forms, and can include broken bones, bleeding, back injuries, herniated discs, spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and various brain injuries and other head trauma.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a video on its National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) site titled “The Body’s Response to Traumatic Injury.”  In this video, which is slightly over three minutes in length, Dr. Scott Somers discusses the body’s reaction to traumatic injury, in which he discusses the following:

  • Shock
  • The “systemic nature” of injuries
  • The “injury process”
  • The inflammatory and immune response
  • Traumatic injuries’ impact on organs
  • Infections
  • Sepsis

Further information can be seen in the NIGMS video mentioned above.

If you are in a vehicle accident, it is very important that you get a thorough medical check to determine if you received any injuries.  Due to the nature of vehicle accidents and the body’s response to them, you may have serious injuries that you are not aware of, as the symptoms may not be obvious.  One example of an accident in which serious injury symptoms – including internal bleeding and head trauma – were not initially recognized is seen in the July 18, 2014 Aurora Beacon-News article titled “Bicyclist realizes depth of injury hours after Aurora crash.”