Two Drivers Pronounced Dead Following Head-On Collision In Homer Glen

There was a fatal two-car accident Saturday night (December 23, 2017) in Homer Glen.   The crash, which was a “head-on collision,” resulted in the death of both drivers, one man and one woman.

According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened on 143rd Street, about 1/4 mile east of Creme Road.  The crash happened at approximately 9:50 p.m.

The crash involved a 2001 silver Mitsubishi Eclipse and a 2012 black Cadillac CTS.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the December 28, 2017 Homer Glen Patch article titled “Police Seek Witnesses To Fatal Homer Glen Crash“:

Police said initial reports indicate that the Cadillac was traveling westbound on 143rd Street at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lane and when it crested on the hill it struck the Mitsubishi head-on.

The drivers were identified as Simone Radde, 18, of Homer Glen, and Allan Wisniewski, 26, of Lemont.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

Those with information regarding the crash are asked to contact the Will County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division at 815-727-3263.

Additional details regarding this fatal Will County “head-on” crash can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the December 25 The Herald-News article titled “Coroner:  Two drivers die in Homer Glen car crash.”

Safety Issues Raised Concerning Suburban Chicago Crosswalk Use

Will County Pedestrian Safety

As previously discussed on this site, pedestrian accidents involving people who are walking in crosswalks at the time of the collision happen on a regular basis in the Chicago area.  As such, one question that has arisen is whether crosswalks offer a “false sense of security” for pedestrians and others, like joggers and bicyclists.

This issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalk use is of great importance. As seen in many Will County pedestrian accidents summarized on this site a broad range of injuries, many serious and some fatal, can occur when a person is hit by a car or other vehicle.   Many of these pedestrian accidents have led to fatal injuries.  Various aspects of Will County pedestrian accidents, including medical and legal issues, are further discussed on the “Will County Pedestrian Accidents And Injuries” page.

The issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalks is discussed in the December 18, 2017 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “Walk at your own risk:  Drivers oblivious to suburban crosswalks.”  The article discusses various aspects of suburban Chicago crosswalk use, as well as various problematical issues that are presented to those who attempt to use them to cross streets.  Among these problems is that cars don’t necessarily stop or slow down if pedestrians are at or in crosswalks, and that overall the situation is in many instances dangerous to walkers.

An excerpt from the article:

The zebra stripes and neon yellow sign invite you to cross. Drivers are supposed — indeed legally required — to stop. And yet, when Daily Herald journalists tested out suburban crosswalks, they found a survival-of-the fittest scenario with pedestrians on the losing side.

Illinois law requires drivers to stop for people within crosswalks and obligates pedestrians to take caution and not walk into the path of oncoming traffic.

But Daily Herald staff members not only encountered drivers who sped through crosswalks as they walked through, but they also experienced high-volume traffic that made it perilous to step onto the zebra stripes.


The Active Transportation Alliance studied crossing safety in 2014 and found 78 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur within 125 feet of an intersection, and that older pedestrians are most at risk in crosswalks.

“People are not aware of the law, and our streets are designed in a way that encourages people to speed and drive recklessly,” said Kyle Whitehead, the alliance’s government relations director.

As seen in the article, various suburban crosswalks are considered to be “Risky crosswalks,” and the “10 busiest” are listed.

Additional Details Regarding This Will County Safety Issue

Additional details and additional information concerning this crosswalk safety issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Man Dies Following “Chain-Reaction” Crash On Route 53 In Romeoville

There was a fatal multi-vehicle accident Thursday (December 7, 2017) on Route 53 in Romeoville.  According to Romeoville Police, the accident occurred at 5:43 p.m. on Route 53 between Renwick Road and Taylor Road.

The accident was a “chain-reaction crash” that involved a “head-on collision.”

According to the Romeoville Police Department, the accident happened just south of Taylor Road and started when a driver, identified as David Muzzey, 58, was driving northbound in a Mercury when he “rear-ended” a Subaru.  The collision sent the Mercury into the opposing (southbound) lanes where it collided “head-on” with a Mini Cooper.  The Mini Cooper in turn struck a Chevy Silverado.  A Chevrolet Colorado was also hit during the “chain-reaction crash.”

Muzzey, 58, was pronounced dead Sunday evening at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  He suffered multiple traumatic injuries in the crash.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, identified as a 34-year-old Joliet man, was hurt and taken to Amita Bolingbrook Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

The other three drivers involved in the crash were not injured and refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

The Romeoville Police Department Traffic Unit is conducting the traffic accident investigation.  They ask those with information concerning the crash to call Officer Wagner at 815-886-7219 and refer to case number 17-4810.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 13, 2017 Romeoville Patch article titled “Man Dies Days After Route 53 Crash As Police Seek Information” as well as the December 13 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in five-vehicle crash in Romeoville.”

Man Dies Following Exit Off Of I-55

There was a fatal car accident Sunday night (December 3, 2017) near southbound I-55 and River Road.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident involved a car colliding with a concrete barrier in a “head-on collision.”

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the December 4, 2017 Channahon Patch article titled “Wilmington Man Dies After Car Hits Concrete Barrier“:

Illinois State Police said Anthony Halko was the only occupant in a 2013 Nissan Sentra traveling at a high rate of speed on the I-55 ramp when, for unknown reasons, it failed to stop at a stop sign at the top of the ramp at around 9:44 p.m.

The vehicle crossed North River Road, where it crashed into a concrete barrier.  Halko, 28, of Wilmington, was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 5 article titled “Single Vehicle Crash On I-55 Kills Wilmington Man.”

Fatal Car-Truck Collision In Manhattan Township

There was a fatal car-truck collision early Sunday morning (December 3, 2017) in Manhattan Township.  Two men, the occupants in the car, died in the accident.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the December 3, 2017 Channahon Patch article titled “2nd Victim Identified In Fiery Will County Crash“:

On Sunday night, Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Tom Budde told Joliet Patch that sheriff’s police were notified of the crash at 2:58 a.m. The driver of the semi-tractor tractor told police that Seely’s car was traveling at a high-rate of speed and Seely barreled through the stop sign at Wilmington-Peotone Road. In doing so, Seely’s black Lincoln went underneath the semitrailer and was pinned under the rig, police said.

A fire started after the car went underneath the semi truck.

Both men in the car died in the crash.  The driver of the car was identified as Eric R. Seely, 22, of Monee. The passenger was identified as Daniel B. Ligas, 27, of Tinley Park.  According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, both men were declared dead at the accident scene.

An autopsy of Eric Seely determined that he died from multiple injuries stemming from the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 5 The Herald-News article titled “Coroner, police investigate 4 deaths.”

Man Fatally Struck By Semi Truck On I-55 Near Bolingbrook

A man was fatally hit by a semi truck early Saturday (December 2, 2017) morning on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) near Bolingbrook.  The man was struck near mile marker 265.

An excerpt regarding the crash and its causes, as seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article of December 2, 2017 titled “Police:  Man fatally struck by semi on I-55 in Bolingbrook“:

Shortly before 12:30 a.m., the man was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near Route 54, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Eric Wetstein.

His vehicle traveled off the roadway, into a grassy area and struck a fence, Wetstein said. The man then walked into the back onto the expressway, and was struck by the semi in the right lane.

The man struck was identified as Angel Punzo, 23, of Joliet.  He died at the accident scene.

The semi truck driver was not injured during the accident and no citations or charges have been issued regarding the accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 2 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Joliet Man Dies After I-55 Semi Runs Him Over.”