Street racing accidents happen in the Chicago metropolitan area, including Will County. Street racing is dangerous due to many factors, including the frequently (very) high speeds at which vehicles travel and their “unsanctioned” nature. They have led to a number of serious accidents in the Chicago area, with some resulting in fatalities. Some of these crashes have happened after street racers ignored traffic controls such as stop lights and stop signs.
One of the safety hazards involving street racing is that it often happens on public roads that aren’t necessarily suitable for high-speed driving, and other vehicles might be traveling at the same time the road racing is occurring. Other drivers and vehicle occupants who are not involved in the racing activities can be unwilling victims.
The April 24, 2018 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Plainfield Street Racer Gets Prison Sentence In Fatality” discusses the accident and prison sentence for one of the drivers involved in a fatal Aurora street racing accident that happened on Eola Road on December 4, 2015. This Will County street racing accident led to the death of Craig Siebel and injuries to his 15-year-old daughter, who was in the car with Siebel at the time of the accident.
Additional details regarding the crash, which happened at approximately 10:15 p.m., from descriptions shortly after the crash:
At that time, a vehicle with a man and his 15-year-old daughter were traveling in a Toyota Highlander driving eastbound on Shenandoah Drive. They had stopped at the stop sign at Shenandoah and Eola Road.
As the man attempted to turn northbound onto Eola, his SUV was hit by a Dodge Charger that was reportedly speeding southbound on Eola. The Dodge Charger was driven by a 16-year-old boy from Aurora, and he was reported to have been racing a 2007 Grand Prix driven by a 20-year old man from Plainfield.
The driver of the Toyota Highlander, identified as Charles D. Siebel Jr., 49, and his daughter had to be extricated from the SUV. Siebel was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center, where he died at 3:00 a.m. Monday (December 7, 2015). His daughter is being treated for accident injuries that were considered to be serious, but not life-threatening, in nature.
Additional details regarding this fatal Will County street racing accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.