Street Racing Driver Involved In Fatal Accident Sentenced

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.

I-57 Rollover Crash Near Peotone Leads To Deaths Of Two People

Two people died as a result of a I-57 rollover crash on Thursday (April 12, 2018.)  The crash happened on Interstate 57 near Peotone Road near Peotone and involved a car rolling over.

According to the Illinois State Police, the crash involved a southbound Chevrolet Impala colliding with a semi truck at mile post 328.  The crash happened at 11:58 a.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Mokena Patch article of April 12, 2018 titled “2 Deaths Confirmed After I-57 Crash Near Peotone Road“:

A police narrative indicates the Impala rolled over after striking the semi-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-57, causing the northbound lanes to close when the vehicle came to a stop in the middle of that section of the highway.

During the accident, both occupants of the Impala were ejected from the car.

They were identified as Jerry McCullum, 30, of Bradley (the driver) and the Bryanna Dean, 20, of Kankakee (the passenger.)  Dean died on Thursday and McCullum died Friday morning.

The truck driver was not injured during the collision.

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

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal I-57 rollover crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the April 12 NBC Chicago article titled “Woman Killed In Rollover Crash on Interstate 57 Near Peotone.”

Loss Of Control Leads To Crest Hill Pickup Truck Crash

Crashes which happen after a vehicle loses control often lead to accident injuries.  Often, a vehicle that has lost control will crash into another object, like another vehicle.  In some cases the vehicle will leave the roadway, after which it can strike a fixed object like a tree or utility pole.  Various aspects of loss of control accidents, including reasons that lead to this condition, and what to do after such an accident from both legal and medical perspectives, is further discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page.  As discussed on that page, there are many potential reasons as to why a drive will lose control of the vehicle.

There was a Will County crash early Friday (April 6, 2018) morning in Crest Hill which appears to have involved a pickup truck that had lost control.  According to the April 6, 2018 Romeoville Patch article titled “2 Hurt In Route 53 Crash,” the accident occurred after a Lincoln pickup truck lost control as it was traveling southbound on Route 53, north of Canton Farm Road at approximately 5:50 a.m.  The truck struck a telephone pole, and an accident scene photo shows damage to the pickup truck.

Two men, ages 36 and 28, were taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment of their accident injuries.

Additional discussion of Will County loss of control accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.