Woman Dies After Dan Ryan Crash

There was a fatal car accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) on Friday, November 27, 2015, in which a man has been charged with DUI.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 12:29 a.m., as a northbound car crashed into a wall in the express lanes at 31st Street.

Three people were traveling in the car; a male driver, a female passenger, and a 2-year-old child.

All three vehicle occupants were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.  The female passenger, identified as Chalan V. Peterson, 29, of Bellwood, died at the hospital.  The male driver and the child suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver was charged with DUI.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 28, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Woman killed, two others injured in DUI crash on Dan Ryan” as well as the November 28 NBC Chicago article titled “Woman Dies, Two Others Injured, in DUI Crash on Dan Ryan.”

Fatal Single-Car Crash In Evanston

There was a fatal car accident early Sunday morning (September 27, 2015) in Evanston.

According to Evanston Police, the accident happened at approximately 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning, as a woman driving a 1998 Nissan northbound in the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue struck multiple cars parked on both sides of the street.  In the process of doing so, her car overturned.

The driver was identified as Monica Wallace, 42, of Evanston.  She was taken to Evanston Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

The passenger in the car, identified as Lamart Bailey, 45, of Evanston, was also taken to Evanston Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An excerpt from the September 29, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Evanston woman charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash“:

Monica Wallace, of the 1400 block of Brown Avenue in Evanston, is charged with felony aggravated DUI, misdemeanor DUI and traffic offenses including disobeying a red light, driving in the wrong lane, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving without insurance, police said. Wallace is schedule for an Oct. 9 hearing at the Skokie courthouse.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County fatal car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the September 29, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Evanston woman charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash.”

Fatal Northbrook Crash

There was a fatal car accident Friday (August 7, 2015) in Northbrook from which a Northbrook man died.

The man who died was identified as Seymour Laurie, 88, of Northbrook.  He was the passenger in the car that crashed near the intersection of Sanders Road and Commercial Avenue.

The driver of the car was identified as Dagva Purevnanzad, 58, of Skokie.

An excerpt from the August 9, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Northbrook man dies of injuries sustained in drunken-driving crash“:

Purevnanzad, of the 8500 block of Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, was charged with drunken driving, upgraded to a felony because of the “grave bodily harm” done to his passenger, according to a Northbrook police report.

The accident involved the car rear-ending another car.  Purevnanzad was injured in the accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the August 10 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Elderly man dies after Northbrook crash.”

Driving While Intoxicated In Illinois

Accidents caused by intoxicated motorists (DUI) continues to be a problematical issue in Illinois as well as nationally.  According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 2013 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf) report, of the 895 fatal crashes in Illinois in 2013, 33.2% involved alcohol.  In addition to these fatal crashes, there were additional non-fatal crashes involving drivers who were intoxicated, involving a range of accidents between vehicles as well as those involving pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcycles.  Drinking while driving also appears to be a primary cause of “wrong-way driver” accidents as well as being a major factor in Chicago area hit & run accidents.

The reasons and contributing factors for these alcohol-related accidents are many.  There have been various steps taken to try to reduce drinking while driving, including increased enforcement efforts.

However, there remain reasons for concern over the way in which Illinois drunk drivers are handled and processed, as seen in the February 28, 2015 Chicago Tribune published an article titled “DUI paperwork mistakes allow thousands of drivers back on Illinois roads.”

An excerpt from the article:

Bureaucratic mix-ups have let thousands of drunken drivers avoid mandatory license suspensions and stay on the roads, a Tribune investigation has found.

In addition to discussing the issue, the article also provides various statistics regarding the problem.

Tri-State Tollway Accident Injures Illinois State Trooper

There was a Cook County accident on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Saturday (September 6, 2014) in which a car struck an Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper near Berkeley, Illinois.

This accident happened at approximately 2:46 p.m., on northbound I-294.  According to the ISP, the state trooper was involved in a traffic stop when he was hit by a passing vehicle.

The vehicle continued driving, but hit another car, occupied by seven family members.  This car rolled over and all seven occupants were injured and taken to hospitals.

The Illinois State Police trooper, identified as Michael Cokins, was injured and taken to a local hospital and said to be in critical condition, but expected to survive.  According to prosecutors, his injuries from this accident included fractures to his vertebrae, ribs, arms, legs, and both knees.

The woman who drove the car that hit both the state trooper and car carrying seven family members was identified as Leslie W. Thurow, 59, of Mt. Prospect.  An excerpt from the September 7, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “No bail for woman charged with DUI in crash that injured trooper“:

Thurow now faces felony charges of aggravated DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident. She also was charged with driving on a revoked license.

Court records show that she was previously charged with separate DUIs in 2014 and 2008. In the 2014 DUI case, she was sentenced to probation last week.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times Voices article mentioned above, as well as the September 7, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman faces DUI charges in accident that injured trooper on Tri-State.”

Driver Drives Car On Railroad Tracks In Riverside, Illinois

Early Monday morning (May 5, 2014) a driver was stopped in Riverside, Illinois after she was seen driving on the freight train tracks in the 3300 block of Harlem Avenue.

The incident happened just after 4:00 a.m.

The driver was identified as Maria E. Segura, 26, of Chicago.  She was charged with two counts of DUI as well as other charges.

An excerpt from the myfoxchicago.com article of May 5, 2014 article titled “Cops:  Woman driving drunk on railroad tracks was looking for ATM” :

She failed a field sobriety test and later blew a .209 on a breathalyzer test, police said. Segura, 26, of the 8400 block of South Kenton Avenue, told the officer she “was attempting to drive to an ATM to retrieve money and that is why she was on the railroad tracks.”

An excerpt from a statement made by the Riverside Police Department Police Chief Tom Wietzel, as seen in the Chicago Sun-Times Voices article of May 5 titled “Woman driving drunk on railroad tracks tells cops she was looking for ATM” :

“The fact that this driver was so intoxicated that she would drive directly on railroad tracks believing that she was still on a roadway is simply mindboggling and shows the extent of her excessive alcohol consumption,” Weitzel said in the statement.

“The drunk driving situation … has just become simply out of control. … This needs to be addressed as a social issue and not just a law enforcement concern because motorists continue to drive drunk every single day and it is at epidemic levels on weekends.”

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County driving incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the myfoxchicago.com and Chicago Sun-Times articles seen above.

Fatal Accident On Chicago Skyway Ramp

As discussed in the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, there are many different reasons for Cook County car accidents.

Of course, a primary reason for car accident continues to be cases in which the driver is in some way impaired, such as being intoxicated after drinking alcohol.

There was another example of a driver (Aaron Neal, 29, of South Holland) who has been charged with a DUI, in connection with a fatal Chicago car crash on the Chicago Skyway ramp from the Dan Ryan that happened in the early morning of Saturday, April 19, 2014.  This fatal accident is discussed in the April 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man in fatal DUI crash was nearly 3 times over the legal limit, prosecutors say.”

An excerpt from the article:

Responding officers found open liquor containers on the floor of the vehicle, according to the arrest report. Neal was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .223, prosecutors said. In Illinois, a person is considered drunk if he or she has a BAC of at least .08. Neal admitted to drinking and to driving and crashing into the divider, prosecutors said.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above.

 

Fatal Edens Accident Involved High-Speed Driving

The March 30 post (“Fatal Two-Car Accident On The Edens Expressway“) summarized a March 30, 2014 fatal car accident on the Edens Expressway.

Subsequent to that post, additional information concerning the accident and its causes has been provided.

While the initial information indicated that at least one of the two cars was traveling “at a high rate of speed,” this new information includes information indicating the magnitude of the speeding as well as the driver of the speeding Audi.  That driver has been identified as Jose L. Colon, 21, of Chicago.  According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) he has been charged with murder, aggravated DUI, and leaving the accident scene. The man in the second car, whose car was rear-ended by Colon’s Audi, has been identified as Samee Mohammed Ranginwala, 26. He died from injuries sustained during the accident.

An excerpt from the April 2, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Prosecutors: Driver in fatal Edens crash was drunk and racing at 100mph” :

Before the crash, four witnesses saw Colon racing with another dark-colored car, and one witness, who estimated Colon’s car was going more than 150, saw the car clip an Illinois Department of Transportation truck, prosecutors said.

The Audi changed lanes just north of Touhy and rear-ended the Geo, sending them both out of control and sending them into a ditch west of the highway, prosecutors said.

Additional details concerning this fatal Chicago car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the April 1 CBS Chicago article titled “Driver Charged With Murder For Fatal Rear-End Crash On Edens.”

Kennedy Expressway Accident Involving IDOT Truck

There was a vehicle accident on the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) on Sunday night (February 2, 2014) involving an SUV running into an IDOT maintenance truck that was on the shoulder assisting a motorist.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this Kennedy Expressway collision happened at approximately 11:00 p.m., as the IDOT worker was helping a motorist fix a flat tire near Addison Street in the southbound lanes of the Kennedy.  At that time, the driver of an SUV hit the back of the IDOT truck.

The IDOT worker was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries to his left arm.

The SUV driver, identified as Kollin Fairbanks, 22, of Long Grove, was also taken to a local hospital.

An excerpt from the February 3, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Long Grove man charged with DUI in crash that hurt IDOT worker” :

Kollin Fairbanks, 22, of Long Grove, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the crash on the southbound shoulder of the expressway near Addison Street, Illinois State Police Trooper David Roman said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Kennedy Expressway crash can be seen in various media sources, including the myfoxchicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the February 3 CBS Chicago article titled “SUV Crashes Into IDOT Truck On Kennedy Expressway.”

Driver Collides With Roadside Checkpoint Sign In Chicago Ridge, Illinois

A drunk driver collided with a roadside safety check sign, operated by Chicago Ridge Police, on Saturday night (August 31, 2013.)

The safety checkpoint had operated for about thirty minutes before a driver, driving north on Harlem, ran into the sign that directed drivers to the checkpoint area at approximately 11:30 p.m.

An excerpt from the September 3, 2013 Southtown Star article titled “Chicago Ridge cops say drunk driver foiled weekend checkpoint” :

The truck continued at a slow speed toward officers manning the checkpoint, and Maderak ignored their orders to stop, police said. They said an officer was able to open a door and stop the truck by putting the gearshift into park.

The driver, identified as Lawrence Maderak, 67, of Bridgeview, was charged with driving while intoxicated; failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident; disobeying a traffic signal; and driving without insurance.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Southtown Star article mentioned above, as well as the myfoxchicago.com article of September 4 titled “Chicago Ridge cops:  Drunk driver foiled weekend checkpoint.”