Two Fatalities Following I-80 Three-Truck Accident

There was a truck accident on Interstate 80 (I-80) in Joliet after which two people have died.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened just after 6:10 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 26, 2017.  At that time, two FedEx semi trucks were parked on the right shoulder of I-80.  One of the semi trucks had broken down and another had stopped in front of it.

Then, a third semi truck that had been traveling on eastbound I-80 veered onto the right shoulder and struck the first truck and one of the drivers (identified as Sami Guzick, 50, of Joliet) of the FedEx trucks who was outside the truck.  Sami Guzick died at the accident scene.

A large fire followed the collision.

The FedEx truck that had broken down was driven by Jugoslav Djordjevic, 49, of La Grange.  An excerpt from the September 28, 2017 abc7chicago.com article (with accident scene photo) titled “Driver cited in deadly, multi-semi crash on I-80 in Joliet…“:

Djordjevic was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center, where he died Wednesday, state police said. An autopsy found he died of full-body burns in the crash, and his death was ruled an accident.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of September 28 (with accident scene photo) titled “2 killed in I-80 crash that shut down eastbound lanes for hours“:

The driver of the third semi, a 46-year-old Chicago man, was also hospitalized with serious injuries, police said. He was cited for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The interstate was shut down for hours while the Illinois State Police Reconstruction Unit was at the scene and clean-up crews removed debris, police said. All eastbound lanes reopened about 5 p.m.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the articles mentioned above as well as the September 27 Joliet Patch article titled “Charges Pending In I-80 Wreck That Killed Joliet Woman:  Police.”

Fatal Car-Motorcycle Collision In Crete

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon (September 24, 2017) in Crete.  As seen in many fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents the accident is being attributed to a car’s driver who made a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  A collision then occurred between the car and Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened on Exchange Street shortly before 2:00 p.m.  At that time, an eastbound 2004 Hyundai Sonata attempted to turn left onto northbound Interstate 394, and in doing so struck a westbound Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, identified as Michael Boylan, 59, of Crete, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries.  He later died.

The passenger on the motorcycle, Boylans’s wife Kimberly, 55, was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai, was identified as Ravindar Gania, 44, of Cleveland.

An excerpt from the September 25, 2017 The Herald-News article titled “Motorcycle man killed in Sunday afternoon crash“:

Gania was charged with failing to yield when turning left.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the ISP.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Herald-News article mentioned above as well as the September 25 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed, passenger injured in crash on I-394 in Crete.”

Fatal Lemont Motorcycle Accident

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday (September 3, 2017) in Lemont.  The accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and a car.

As often seen in collisions discussed on this site, this accident appears to have involved a car making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

The accident scene was at Main and Illinois.

The motorcyclist was identified as Michael Havemann, 63, of Lemont.  He died at the accident scene.

An excerpt regarding the fatal crash, as seen in the September 5, 2017 Lemont Patch article titled “Lemont Man Killed In Car Accident:  Police.”

According to police, investigation continues with reconstruction, however, there doesn’t appear to be any criminal intent in the accident. Police said Havemann was driving eastbound on Main, when a vehicle on westbound Main attempted to turn left onto Illinois.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Lemont Patch article mentioned above.  The obituary for Michael Havemann can be seen at this link.

Will County Fatal I-80 Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon (September 2, 2017) on Interstate 80 (I-80) in Troy Township.  This accident appears to have involved a motorcycle loss of control.

According to information provided by the Will County Coroner’s Office, the accident happened on I-80, as the motorcyclist was riding a Harley-Davidson eastbound, east of I-55.  When the motorcycle was near mile marker 126, for an unknown reason the motorcyclist lost control of the bike.

The motorcyclist, identified as Kevin Smith, 51, of Chenoa, was ejected as the motorcycle struck the center median wall.  He was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was pronounced dead.

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

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 3, 2017 Channahon Patch article titled “Motorcyclist, 51, Killed After Losing Control On I-80 In Troy Township” as well as the September 4 wspynews.com article titled “Chenoa Man Killed After Losing Control Of Motorcycle in Crash Near Streamwood.”