Crest Hill Pedestrian Accident Results In Fatal Accident Injuries

There was a Crest Hill pedestrian accident after which the man hit died early Monday (March 18, 2019) morning.

Details on this Crest Hill pedestrian accident appear limited at this time. Various media sources summarize the accident, including the March 18, 2019 Romeoville Patch article titled “Elderly Pedestrian Hit, Killed By Car In Crest Hill” as well as the March 18 The Herald-News article titled “Car strikes, kills elderly Crest Hill man.”

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, the pedestrian was hit by a vehicle as he was walking near the intersection of McGilvray Drive and Weber Road.

The pedestrian was taken to the Amita/Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center emergency room. He was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m. Monday morning.

He was identified as Juvencio Hernandez, 79, of Crest Hill.

The investigation of this Crest Hill pedestrian accident is being conducted by the Crest Hill Police Department.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

As discussed on the “Will County Pedestrian Accidents And Injuries” page, there are many reasons as to why pedestrian accidents cause injuries that are often serious, if not life-threatening in nature. It is not uncommon for someone who has been hit by a car or other vehicle to be hurt and suffer multiple injuries. Recovery from such injuries varies depending upon many factors, including the type of injury as well as the physical aspects of the collision.

The aforementioned page highlights various Will County fatal pedestrian accidents, as well as accidents that have resulted in serious but non-fatal injuries.

Among common serious injuries that occur when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle include broken bones, bruises, head injuries, soft-tissue damage, and back injuries.

Often, those who have been injured after being hit by a vehicle will seek to get injury compensation if the accident was not their fault. This compensation is often needed to cover medical costs and forms of compensation for other lost income. Other types of compensation can also be pursued depending on the specifics of the case.

Fatal Will County Pedestrian Accident Route 53 Near Greenwood Avenue

There was a fatal Will County pedestrian accident Monday (May 7, 2018) afternoon.

Details on the accident appear somewhat limited at this time.

The pedestrian accident involved a man who was struck by a semi truck as he was attempting to cross Route 53, near Greenwood Avenue (in the 600 block of North Route 53.)  The collision occurred at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The pedestrian was identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Michael B. Loehman, 20, of Romeoville.  He was pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m.

The accident investigation was conducted and caused Route 53 to be closed between Normantown Road and Arlington Drive for almost five hours.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 7 Romeoville Patch article titled “Romeoville Man, 20, Killed In Route 53 Semi Crash” as well as the May 7 The Herald-News article titled “Breaking:  20-year-old Romeoville man killed in Route 53 crash.”

March 5, 2018 New Lenox Pedestrian Accident Injures Man

Pedestrian accidents remain a problematical aspect with regard to traffic safety.  These accidents occur on a regular basis, and a pedestrian accident typically leads to injuries that are serious in nature.  Someone who has been hit by a vehicle can suffer life-threatening injuries, and fatal injuries can occur.

On this site, various pedestrian crashes that have occurred in Will County are summarized in posts found in the “pedestrian accidents” category.  As seen in these summaries, a broad range of injuries can result, with many injuries being serious in nature and possibly life-threatening if not fatal in severity.   [Additional various aspects of such Will County crashes, including what to do after an accident, are further discussed on the “Will County Pedestrian Accidents And Injuries” page.]

There was a pedestrian accident in New Lenox on Monday (March 5, 2018) night.  It happened as a man was walking a dog.  According to the New Lenox Police Department, at the time of the crash the car was making a left-hand turn.  An excerpt regarding the crash, from the March 6, 2018 New Lenox Patch article titled “Pedestrian Hit By Car Recovering Slowly:  Police.”  An excerpt:

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. in New Lenox near Joliet Highway and Schoolhouse Road. A witness said a female driver was heading north on Schoolhouse Road and turning west onto Joliet Highway when she struck a male pedestrian, who was seen walking his dog at the time.

The man hit by the car was taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

Additional information concerning Will County pedestrian accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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.

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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 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.”

Fatal “Hit & Run” Accident Leads To Death Of Pedestrian

There was a fatal “hit & run” accident in Bolingbrook during which a pedestrian died.  According to police the accident occurred sometime between 11:00 p.m. Saturday (November 4, 2017) and 1:00 a.m. Sunday (November 5, 2017.)

According to information provided by the Bolingbrook Police Department and the Will County Coroner’s Office, a woman’s body was found in the grass along the north side of Frontage Road near Lawton Lane.  The body was discovered at 10:54 a.m. Sunday.

The woman struck and killed was identified as Tricia S. Hoyt, 35, of Orland Park.

An excerpt from the November 7 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “35-year-old woman killed in Bolingbrook hit-and-run crash“:

An autopsy Monday found Hoyt died of multiple injuries, but did not rule on her final cause of death pending further reports, the coroner’s office said.

Anyone with information should call Bolingbrook police at (630) 226-8620; or Crime Stoppers of Bolingbrook at (630) 378-4772.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal “hit & run” accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the article mentioned above as well as the November 7 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Bolingbrook Hit-And-Run Victim Was Orland Park Woman.”

Joliet Pedestrian Accident Involving Life-Threatening Injuries

There was a pedestrian accident Friday night (July 21, 2017) in Joliet.  The pedestrian – a 41-year-old woman – sustained injuries that were considered to be life-threatening in nature, including serious head injuries.

According to preliminary accident investigation findings from the Joliet Police Department, the pedestrian tried to quickly run across oncoming traffic on Larken Avenue – near Theodore Street – at approximately 8:35 p.m.  She was then struck by a 2004 white Toyota Camry.

The woman was flown to Loyola Medical Center in Chicago after being taken to Presence Saint Joseph’s in Joliet for treatment of her accident injuries.

An excerpt from the July 24, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Woman, 41, Battles For Her Life After Being Hit By Car In Joliet,” quoting Joliet Deputy Police Chief Edgar Gregory:

According to Gregory, the victim was knocked unconscious, suffering a concussion, bleeding from the brain, a fractured jaw and fractures to her legs, among other injuries. Joliet firefighters rushed her by ambulance to Saint Joseph’s. She did not regain consciousness, prompting her to be airlifted to Loyola.

The woman, subsequently identified as Joy Fry, of Joliet, died on Tuesday, August 2, 2017.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch article mentioned above, as well as The Herald-News article of July 23 titled “Woman hit by car in Joliet on Friday.”  Subsequent additional information can be seen in the August 3 The Herald-News article titled “Woman struck by car in Joliet pronounced deceased” as well as the August 4 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Resident Involved In Pedestrian-Vehicle Collision Has Died:  Report.”

Pedestrian Dies Following Accident In Frankfort

There was a fatal pedestrian accident early Saturday morning (August 20., 2016) in Frankfort.

The accident is discussed in the Mokena Patch article of August 22, 2016, titled “Orland Man Charged with DUI in Crash that Killed Frankfort Man.”

As seen in the article, the accident involved a pedestrian who was struck by a car as he while walking on the shoulder of 80th Avenue.   The pedestrian died the next day.  The driver of the car faces various charges, including DUI.  The accident also apparently involved distracted driving.

Additional details regarding this fatal Will County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Mokena Patch article mentioned above.

Man Fatally Struck On Interstate 80 Near New Lenox

There was a fatal accident Monday afternoon (April 4, 2016) on Interstate 80 near New Lenox.

Details on the accident appear limited.  The accident, and especially its causes, are still under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

The accident involved a semi fatally striking a man on westbound Interstate 80 near mile marker 139.  The accident happened at approximately 3:45 p.m.

The man was identified as Ralph O. Sharp, 58, of Orland Park.  He was declared dead at the accident scene by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Additional details regarding this fatal Will County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 4, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Orland Park man fatally struck by semi on I-80” as well as the April 4 Orland Park Patch article titled “Orland Park Man Dies After Being Struck by Semi on I-80 Westbound.”

Girl Fatally Struck By Train Outside Lemont

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Wednesday evening (September 3, 2015) outside of Lemont.

According to authorities, the 17-year-old girl was walking along the Heritage Corridor Line tracks when she was hit near Boyer Street.

An excerpt from the September 3, 2015 Lemont Patch article titled “Girl, 17, Was Wearing Headphones When Struck by Train:  Sheriff“:

The teen was on the tracks near Main Street between Boyer Street and Kotlin Road, when the engineer of the Metra Heritage Corridor train spotted her and attempted to brake.

According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was apparently wearing earbuds and may not have heard the train.

The girl was identified as Alexa Turner, of Lemont Township.  The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death an accident.

This fatal train accident remains under investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Lemont Patch article mentioned above, as well as the September 3 Daily Southtown (Chicago Tribune) article titled “Girl killed by Metra train outside Lemont.”  Remembrances are seen in the September 5 Lemont Patch article titled “Lemont Teen Remembered As ‘Brilliant, Funny’ and a Good Friend.”