Man Dies Following Bolingbrook Motorcycle Crash

A motorcyclist has died following a motorcycle crash on May 22, 2016 in Bolingbrook.

According to Bolingbrook Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the motorcycle accident happened at 12:47 a.m. Sunday, at Reagan Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.

At that time, the motorcycle struck the raised median, and apparently the bike rode on the median for approximately 60 feet.  After that, the motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle.

When first responders came to the accident scene, the motorcyclist was unconscious and had various injuries including those to his head, arm and legs.

The motorcyclist was identified as William Sladek, 35, of Lombard.  He was first taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and later was flown to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.  He died on Wednesday (May 25, 2016) night.

An excerpt from the May 26 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “35-year-old motorcyclist dies after Bolingbrook crash“:

An autopsy found he died of head injuries from the crash, and his death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The accident remains under investigation by the Bolingbrook Police Department.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the May 26 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Dies Days After Crash In Bolingbrook.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Channahon Township

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday evening (May 22, 2016) on the ramp from Arsenal Road to northbound Interstate 55 (I-55) in Channahon Township.

Details on the accident appear somewhat limited, especially details as to why the fatal crash happened.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police, the accident happened at 6:37 p.m. as a motorcyclist was riding on the Arsenal Road ramp to northbound I-55.  At that time, the motorcycle struck a semi truck’s trailer.

The motorcyclist was identified as Melvin H. Weidner, 74, of New Lenox.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene at 8:35 p.m., according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

The Illinois State Police say that Weidner was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the accident.   The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 23, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Channahon Township crash” as well as the May 23 The Herald-News article titled “New Lenox man dies in Channahon motorcycle crash” and the May 23 Joliet Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Dead After Hitting Semi.”

The Term “Car Crash” vs. “Car Accident”

Many people use the terms “car accident” and “car crash” interchangeably.

However, some people believe that there is a difference between the two terms, and that “car crash” is, in many instances, a far more accurate – and more appropriate – description than is “car accident.”

The Huffington Post article of May 20, 2016, titled “We’ve Been Brainwashed Into Saying ‘Car Accident’” further discusses the issue.

An excerpt:

“An ‘accident’ seems equivalent to spilling milk, or an act of God,” says Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives. “That’s not what a car crash is. There’s always a human choice behind any crash.”

The article also mentions that the three leading causes of car accidents are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving

The article states “All three are clearly deliberate actions.”

The article also discusses a campaign and other advocacy efforts by two New York City nonprofits, “Transportation Alternatives” and “Families for Safe Streets,” for the greater use of the term “crash” as opposed to accident.

Additional details concerning this issue can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above as well as the two nonprofits mentioned.

ISP Trooper Injured In I-55 Crash

There has been an accident on Interstate 55 (I-55) in Bolingbrook early Friday morning (May 20, 2016) in which an Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper has been injured.  A man has been charged with a DUI in connection with the accident.

According to the ISP, the accident happened at approximately 12:18 a.m., as ISP troopers were attending to a vehicle they had pulled over on the right shoulder of the expressway.

At that time, a northbound vehicle drove onto the shoulder and struck the parked police car, which in turn struck the ISP trooper.  At the time of the crash, the squad car had its lights activated.

The ISP trooper was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Although they weren’t considered to be “life-threatening” in nature, they were described as being “severe and significant.”

An excerpt from the May 20, 2016 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “State Trooper Injured After Drunken Driver Plows Into Squad Car“:

The other officer and the driver of the car they had pulled over were uninjured.

Daniel M. Gaeta, a 24-year-old Joliet man, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence.

Additional details concerning this Will County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Bolingbrook Patch article mentioned above as well as the May 20 abc7chicago.com article titled “Illinois state trooper by alleged DUI driver on inbound I-55 near Weber Road in Romeoville.”

Motorcycle Collision In Channahon Seriously Injures Rider

There was a motorcycle accident Monday night (May 16, 2016) in Channahon.  The accident happened on Route 6, west of Interstate 55 (I-55) according to the Illinois State Police (ISP).

The ISP says the crash happened at approximately 6:00 p.m.  The crash involved a motorcycle and semi.  Details on the reason for the crash appear to be unavailable at this time.

The motorcyclist was seriously injured during the accident.

As a result of the accident, a large amount of diesel fuel from the truck spilled onto the roadway.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 16, 2016 The Herald-News article titled “Route 6 in Channahon reopens after semi vs. motorcycle crash” (with a picture of the accident scene) as well as the May 16 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Injured in Route 6 Crash.”

Man Dies Following New Lenox Crash

There was a fatal car crash Monday (May 2, 2016) in New Lenox.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.

The crash happened near Gougar Road and West Illinois Highway, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The man who died as a result of the crash was identified as Jerry Lee Rucker, 57, of Joliet.  He was pronounced dead after being taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment of his accident injuries.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of May 4, 2016, titled “Man dies after New Lenox crash“:

An autopsy Wednesday found that he died from multiple blunt force injuries as a result of a motor vehicle crash, and his death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this New Lenox crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the May 5 New Lenox Patch article titled “Man Dies After Crash in New Lenox.”