Fatal I-355 Truck Accident Near New Lenox

A I-355 fatal truck accident happened crash near New Lenox on Tuesday (January 30, 2018) afternoon.   The accident involved a loss of control.

The accident happened on the southbound I-355 feeder ramp onto I-80 shortly before 3:30 p.m.  At that time, the truck lost control and crashed into the bridge, then toppled over the wall and rolled down the embankment.

According to the January 30, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “One dead after semi goes off I-355 ramp near New Lenox” (with accident scene photo) the Illinois State Police indicated that a load shift caused the truck to fall to the right just before the crash.

The driver of the truck, identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as  Serghei Valint, 33, of Wheeling, was pronounced dead at 4:54 p.m.  Another person was injured.

An accident investigation, including an accident reconstruction, is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County fatal truck accident can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the January 31 Joliet Patch article (with accident scene photo) titled “Trucker Killed After Semi Dangles Near New Lenox Overpass.”

I-55 Fatal SUV Crash Near Bolingbrook

There was a fatal single-car accident on northbound I-55 near Bolingbrook Wednesday (January 24, 2018) morning.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened on northbound I-55 at milepost 265.  The crash, which involved a single vehicle, happened at approximately 10:45.

At the time of the crash, a BMW SUV was heading northbound in the middle lane.  The crash happened as the driver of a BMW SUV, for an unknown reason, apparently lost control of the vehicle.  The SUV then rolled over into a ditch.

The driver was taken to the hospital ER of AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, where he was later pronounced dead. The driver was identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as  Wayne A. LaBotz, 64, of Romeoville.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the January 24, 2018 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Romeoville Man Killed In I-55 Crash Near Bolingbrook“:

The crash occurred in Illinois State Police District 5, including Will, Grundy and Kendall counties, where police said 135 crashes occurred from midnight until 1 p.m. Wednesday. A total of 65 drivers were involved in some type of incident where they lost control of their vehicles because of icy roadways, resulting in spinouts and vehicles in ditches, police said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 24 The Herald-News article titled “Dead Driver Identified.”

“Black Ice” Cause Numerous Will County Traffic Accidents

There have been numerous traffic accidents attributed to “black ice” this morning (January 24, 2018) in Will County.

For those unaware of “black ice” and its effect on driving, “black ice” forms when temperatures drop below freezing, and for various reasons a thin film of clear ice forms on the roadway.   It is very slippery, and because it is clear it is very difficult to see, especially at night.  Furthermore, since it is hard to see, drivers often don’t have time to slow down before driving over the slippery areas.

The resulting very slick road condition has been the cause or contributing factor to many Illinois crashes and typically cause loss of vehicle control.  These loss of control accidents often lead to vehicle spinouts, vehicles leaving the roadway (“slideoffs”), and rollovers.  Trucks may “jackknife” or otherwise lose control.  Additionally, any time a vehicle leaves the roadway there is the potential for the vehicle to collide with a fixed object, such as a barrier, wall or tree.  Due to the serious nature of these crashes, as well as the fact that many occur at higher speeds, accident injuries can be serious and possibly life-threatening in nature.

Will County, and other Chicago area counties including DuPage County,  experienced “black ice” which caused numerous types of accidents this morning.

The slick road conditions and accidents are discussed in numerous articles, including the January 24, 2018 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Black Ice Causes More Than 50 Crashes on Chicago-Area Roadways” and the  January 24 Naperville Patch article titled “Crashes, School Closings, Power Outage Reported Due To Black Ice.”

An excerpt from the Naperville Patch article:

Multiple crashes — between 20 and 30 — were reported along I-55 and I-80, prompting state police to issue a warning people to stay home unless they absolutely had to go out. “Illinois State Police are reminding motorist to use extreme caution on the roadways this morning,” police said. “Drive at slower speeds and be prepared for vehicles losing control around or ahead of you. Please do not go out on the roadways unless absolutely necessary.”

Plainfield police said they were responding to numerous crashes and vehicles in ditches, adding, “If you can delay your travel and avoid being on the road PLEASE DO.” Joliet police were also reporting dozens of crashes.

As seen on Facebook from the Joliet Police Department:

Road conditions this morning are hazardous. Dozens of crashes are being reported throughout the City of Joliet and portions of I-80 have been shut down. If you must travel, drive slowly and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Additional details concerning these slick road conditions and associated traffic safety concerns can be seen in the sources above.

Fatal Four-Vehicle Accident On I-55 Near I-355

Drunk driving, as well as drivers who are impaired by drug use, continues to be a traffic safety problem in Will County as well as throughout Illinois.

On this site, Will County vehicle crashes involving DUI are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category.  As seen in the accidents discussed in these posts, many serious injuries – as well as fatal injuries – have resulted due to drivers who are impaired while they drive.  The types of accidents that result due to impaired driving is broad, and common accidents that occur due to impairment include loss of control accidents as well as accidents in which the vehicle leaves the roadway.

There was a fatal traffic accident early Saturday morning (January 20, 2018) in which a driver was charged with DUI.  The crash involved four vehicles, and it happened on I-55 near I-355.

One person, identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Carlos A. Ortiz, Jr., 31, of Plainfield, was pronounced dead after being taken to AMITA Hospital in Bolingbrook.  He was a driver of one of the vehicles involved in the crash.

The accident is discussed in a number of media sources, including the January 20, 2018 Daily Southtown article titled “1 dead, 1 charged with DUI after 4-vehicle crash on I-55.”  An excerpt from the article:

The accident took place about 1:52 a.m. just south of I-355, according to a press release from Illinois State Police.

An accident investigation is being conducted.  The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County accident in which a driver was charged with DUI can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 22, 2018 wspynews.com article titled “Plainfield Man Killed in Weekend Crash in Will County.”

Fatal Collision On Eastbound I-80 In New Lenox

There was a fatal car crash on I-80 early Thursday (January 18, 2018) morning in New Lenox.

Illinois State Police went to the accident scene at approximately 4:00 a.m.  The crash occurred on eastbound I-80, near the Veterans Memorial Tollway, and involved a SUV and a car.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the crash happened after a 2011 Kia Soul stopped in the center lane for an unknown reason.  Its lights were not on.  That car was then “rear-ended” by a 2005 Toyota 4Runner that struck the front driver’s side.

The driver of the Kia, identified as Aaron Scofield, 31, of Chicago, was ejected from the vehicle.  He was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox where he died, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the Toyota, a 43-year-old man, was also taken to the hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

The Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating the accident investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 18, 2018 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Man who died after being ejected from vehicle in I-80 crash identified” as well as the January 18 NBC Chicago article titled “Deadly Crash Closes Lanes on I-80 Near Veterans Memorial Tollway.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fatal I-55 Crash Near Channahon

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding a fatal crash in Will County that occurred near Channahon.  The accident occurred Interstate 55 (I-55) on August 9, 2017.

The wrongful death lawsuit and underlying crash is discussed in a number of media sources, including the January 10, 2018 The Herald-News article titled “Wife of Braidwood man killed in car crash sues driver, family members” as well as the January 12 Joliet Patch article titled “Michael DeBoard’s Family Sues Defendant In DUI Homicide.”

As seen in the articles, the man who was killed in the crash, and on whose behalf the lawsuit was filed, was identified as Michael DeBoard, 60, of Braidford.  He died at the hospital a few days after the accident.

An excerpt from the Patch article, mentioning the driver (Lucas Roth) who is a defendant in the lawsuit:

As for Lucas Roth, he turned just 28 years old this week. He stands accused of driving drunk and driving recklessly when he crashed his parents’ 2014 Kia Optima into DeBoard’s 1997 Ford Aspire. The collision occurred in the left lane of Interstate 55 just west of Bluff Road near Channahon. According to the Illinois State Police, Roth was intoxicated, and he was speeding when he struck the back end of Deboard’s car causing the driver to lose to control, hit an embankment and roll over.

Roth was not injured in the crash.

An excerpt from The Herald-News article:

Lucas Roth was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing death and bodily harm in connection with a crash Aug. 9 in which Michael DeBoard was killed.

Roth was allegedly the driver of a Kia Optima that crashed into Michael DeBoard’s Ford Aspire on I-55 near Bluff Road in Channahon. Police alleged he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more while he was driving.

Additional details regarding the fatal crash, as well as the allegations made in the wrongful death lawsuit, can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.