Fatal Plainfield Motorcycle Accident

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Friday night (August 25, 2017) in Plainfield.

Details regarding the accident are somewhat limited.  The cause of the accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to officials, the motorcycle accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and van at approximately 11:00 p.m.  The accident scene was near the intersection of Route 59 and Dayfield Drive.

The motorcyclist, identified as Johnson D. Ho, of Plainfield, 18, of Plainfield.  He died at the accident scene.  At the time of the accident, he was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of August 26, 2017, titled “18-year-old man dies in Plainfield motorcycle crash“:

Preliminary results from an autopsy performed Saturday showed Ho suffered multiple injuries from the crash, according to the coroner’s office. The autopsy did not rule on his final cause and manner of death pending further study.

The occupants of the van refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the August 26 Joliet Patch article titled “Plainfield Teen Dies In Motorcycle Crash.”

Motorcyclist Dies Following Joliet Motorcycle Accident

There was a fatal motorcycle accident July 30, 2017 in Joliet.

According to Joliet Police, the accident happened as a car (a 2009 Hyundai Sonata) was pulling out of the Citgo station in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street at approximately 8:50 p.m.  As the driver (Victoria L. Martin, 27) was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Jefferson, she struck a motorcycle heading east on Jefferson.

An excerpt regarding the motorcyclist’s injuries, which included brain injuries, as seen in the Joliet Patch article of August 10, 2017, titled “Woman Who Killed Shorewood Motorcyclist Had No License:  Police“:

According to police, Phillips dropped his motorcycle, slid and crashed into the side of the car. He suffered serious brain injuries, several fractures to his body and was rushed to Saint Joseph’s hospital.

The motorcyclist, identified as Roger A. Phillips, 38, of Shorewood, died several days after the collision after being hospitalized at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, with regard to the charges faced:

Booking logs at the Will County Detention Center show that 27-year-old Victoria L. Martin has remained in custody since the early morning hours of Aug. 1 on felony charges of driving with a revoked license and misdemeanor charges of driving an uninsured vehicle and operating with suspended license plates. Martin also got a traffic citation accusing her of failure to yield from a private road. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear to court, police said.

As noted in the article, the accident investigation may continue for a considerable time period, either weeks or months, and additional charges with regard to the fatal accident may be forthcoming.

Additional details regarding this fatal bike accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch article mentioned above as well as the August 8 The Herald-News article titled “Shorewood man dies more than week after motorcycle crash.”

Truck Drivers Driving While Tired

Truck accidents continue to be a significant occurrence in Will County, due to the types of business and industry located in the county, as well as the various expressways and other roadways carrying high levels of truck traffic.  Various aspects of these crashes, including statistics, are discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page.   Additionally, various individual accidents are summarized in posts found in the “truck accidents” category.

One of the key issues with regard to truck safety continues to be the amount of time that truck drivers can continuously spend “behind the wheel.”  There have been many accidents in Illinois – some fatal – involving truck drivers who have been either drowsy or had fallen asleep at the wheel then having an accident.

A tangential issue is whether truck drivers have sleep apnea, which may cause significant amount of drowsiness due to sleep being of a very “low-quality” nature.  Recently there has been plans to test those who operate trains and trucks for sleep apnea.  The plans, as well as the recent decision not to go ahead with such testing, is discussed in an AP story seen in the August 8, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “‘Lives at risk’ if no sleep tests for train, truck drivers:  experts.”

Additional details regarding these truck driving safety issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal I-80 Rollover Accident In New Lenox

There was a fatal vehicle rollover crash Sunday morning (August 6, 2017) on Interstate 80 (I-80) New Lenox.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) and Will County Coroner’s Office, the accident occurred at 10:51 a.m., as a vehicle driving west on I-80 at I-355 left the roadway.  The vehicle struck a fixed object then rolled over into a ditch and caught on fire.

The driver, currently only identified as a man, was killed in the crash.  No other people or vehicles were involved.

This fatal vehicle rollover accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 6, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Person killed in fiery rollover crash on I-80 in New Lenox” as well as the August 7 Mokena Patch article titled “Car Bursts Into Flames, Killing Man On I-80 Sunday.”

Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash In Homer Glen

There was a fatal single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Homer Glen.  The crash happened near the intersection of South Cedar Road and Bruce Road in Homer Glen.

According to information provided by the Will County Coroner’s Office, the crash happened at around 4:45 a.m. as the vehicle was driving south on Cedar Road.  At that time, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree near Bruce Circle.

The driver was killed during the accident.  He was identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Richard A. Ostrowski, 22, of Homer Glen.

The crash remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 5 Lemont Patch article titled “Man, 22, Dies In Overnight Crash In Homer Glen” as well as August 5 The Herald-News article titled “Homer Glen man killed in early Saturday crash.”

I-57 Motorcycle Crash Near Peotone

There was a motorcycle accident on Interstate 57 (I-57) Friday morning (August 4, 2017) near Peotone.  A mechanical failure (a rear tire blowout) is being cited as the cause of the loss of control.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened shortly before 11:30, on I-57 near Wilmington Road.  At that time, there was a blowout of the back tire of the motorcycle, after which the motorcyclist lost control and the bike went into the median ditch.

The motorcyclist, identified as Kerry Drake, 44, of Chicago, was taken to the hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  His injuries were considered to be serious in nature.

At the time of the crash Drake was said to be wearing a motorcycle helmet.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 4, 2017 The Herald-News article titled “Police:  Chicago man seriously injured in I-57 motorcycle crash” as well as the August 4 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash on I-57 near Peotone.”