Fatal South Holland Motorcycle Collision August 17, 2018

There was a fatal South Holland motorcycle collision early Friday (August 17, 2018) morning.  The accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and car.

An excerpt regarding this fatal South Holland motorcycle collision, from the August 24, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dies from South Holland crash“:

About 1:10 a.m. Aug. 17, Cicero Porter, 56, was driving a motorcycle west on Old Vincennes Road near Van Drunen Road when he collided into a car that was heading south, according to South Holland police. The two are believed to have collided as they entered a curve.

Porter, of Calumet City, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Porter died Wednesday morning from his accident injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal South Holland motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Distracted Driving Targeted In New Illinois Law Effective July 2019

Distracted driving continues to be a major traffic safety issue nationally, as well as throughout Illinois and in Cook County.  There are many possible actions that can lead to a driver being distracted to the point where the driver is susceptible to a loss of vehicle control.   Two of the most problematical actions that frequently lead to distracted driving is the use of cell phones while driving as well as texting while driving.

A recent study, which is discussed in the April 2, 2018 post titled “‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety” indicates that such driving was seen by motorists as the top threat to traffic safety.

There are many reasons why distracted driving is such a traffic hazard and often leads to loss of vehicle control and accidents.   Various reasons as to why distracted driving is hazardous, as well as various statistics, are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents” page.

Recently, a new Illinois law (further) addresses distracted driving.  The Daily Herald article of August 22, 2018 (“Why Illinois is making penalties for texting while driving tougher“) discusses the new law and various statistics regarding driver distraction.  An excerpt:

State Sen. Cristina Castro, an Elgin Democrat who sponsored the legislation, says penalties under the current law, which went into effect in 2014, haven’t done enough to curb motorists from using cellphones while driving. In 2017, about 9 percent of Illinois motorists were observed using electronic devices while driving, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Nationwide, distracted driving caused 3,450 deaths in 2016.

also, with regard to the new law:

The stricter penalties, which go into effect on July 1, 2019, were signed into law last week. People who illegally use handheld electronic devices while driving will be given a moving violation on the first offense instead of a nonmoving violation. Motorists who rack up three moving violations within a year can have their driver’s license suspended.

An excerpt regarding this new law and its penalties regarding distracted driving, from the August 17, 2018 Chicago Tribune article titled “New distracted driving fine, bike safety rule signed into law“:

One law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner imposes a harsher penalty on drivers caught using a phone behind the wheel without a hands-free device.

The new law, which goes into effect next July, makes the penalty $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second, $125 for a third and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense. Under current law, drivers get a warning and no fine the first time.

Additional details regarding these distracted driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Cook County Bicycle Accidents And Their Many Causes

There are many Cook County bicycle accidents that happen each year.  As discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Bicycle Accident Injuries” and “Bicycling Accidents In Cook County” pages, there are many reasons as to why bicycle accidents can happen, and there is a broad range of injuries that can result from such accidents.   As well, the severity of such accident injuries can vary widely.  For instance, while a bicycle accident can lead to a minor concussion, it is also possible that a bicycle accident can result in a serious traumatic brain injury that can be life-threatening in nature.   Due to the potential severity of a serious brain injury, wearing a bicycle helmet is one way to potentially avoid serious head trauma.

While many bicycle accidents are caused by other parties – such as motorists – there are other crashes that are the fault of the bicyclist.

There was a bicycle accident in Arlington Heights on Friday (August 17, 2018) morning.  The bicyclist suffered various injuries after being hit by a Jeep SUV.

An excerpt from the August 17, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Bicyclist injured after being struck by SUV in Arlington Heights“:

A bicyclist has serious injuries after he ran a red light and was struck by an SUV Friday morning in Arlington Heights, authorities said.

The 37-year-old man was riding northbound on Wilke Road at 7:05 a.m. and crossing Euclid Avenue against traffic when he was hit by a 2012 Jeep Wrangler, according to Police Sgt. Steve Hudgens.

Among the bicyclist’s injuries were a broken leg.  His injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding Cook County bicycle accidents and their injuries can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Buffalo Grove Single-Vehicle Crash On Route 22 Seriously Injures Driver

There was a Buffalo Grove single-vehicle crash early Thursday (August 16, 2018) morning, resulting in the driver being seriously injured.

Details on this Buffalo Grove single-vehicle crash appear to be somewhat limited at this time.

The crash involved a pickup truck – with a trailer – veering off of Route 22 between Buffalo Grove Road and Prairie Road shortly before 4:00 a.m.  It is not publicly disclosed what caused this apparent loss of vehicle control.  The pickup truck crashed into a utility pole, after which the truck caught fire.

The driver, identified only as a 35-year-old man from Elgin, was seriously injured and taken to the hospital for medical treatment.  His injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

As seen in accident scene photos –  such as that seen in the August 16, 2018 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “Driver seriously injured in Buffalo Grove crash” –  there was extensive damage to the truck.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Buffalo Grove single-vehicle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the August 16 Buffalo Grove Patch article titled “Truck Starts On Fire, 1 Seriously Injured In Crash.”

Fatal Chicago West Loop Bicycle Accident At Halsted And Madison

There was a fatal Chicago West Loop bicycle accident Thursday (August 9, 2018) morning.

According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. as the bicyclist, a 39-year-old woman, was riding north on Halsted.  At Madison, she was struck by a dump truck that was making a right-hand turn.

The bicyclist was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  She was later identified as Angela Park, 39, of Chicago.

This fatal Chicago West Loop bicycle accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 9, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Cyclist dies after being hit by truck in West Loop” as well as the August 9 NBC Chicago article titled “Cyclist Dies After Being Hit by Truck in West Loop:  Police.”

[Additional discussion of bicycle accidents – including common reasons for these accidents, as well as accident types and types of injuries –  can be found on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Bicycle Accident Injuries” and “Bicycling Accidents In Cook County” pages.  As discussed on these pages, there are many reasons as to why bicycling accidents tend to lead to substantial accident injuries.  Because of the typical extent and severity of bicycle accident injuries, personal injury lawsuits are often filed to offset medical costs, other financial burdens, and other types of hardships that can result from these accidents.]

Fatal Englewood Motorcycle Accident Occurs On South Union

There was a fatal Englewood motorcycle accident Monday (July 30, 2018) evening.  The accident involved a vehicle making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

One of the primary causes of motorcycle accidents continues to be when this type of incident occurs. The collision that often occurs after a vehicle makes a left-hand turn into the path of the oncoming motorcycle is often highly forceful and physically traumatic to the motorcyclist.  As seen in many motorcycle accidents of this type summarized on this site, these collisions often lead to fatalities.

An excerpt from the July 31, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man, 46, killed in Englewood motorcycle crash“:

About 6:20 p.m., Leroy Hamilton, 46, was riding his motorcycle south in the 5800 block of South Union when he was struck by a 2009 Pontiac as the driver made a left turn onto 58th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hamilton, of Chicago, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center.  He was pronounced dead there at 6:50 p.m.

Another excerpt from the article:

The driver of the Pontiac, a 32-year-old woman, was issued a citation for failure to yield while making a left turn, police said.

The accident investigation continues.

Additional details concerning this fatal Englewood motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Humboldt Park Motorcycle Accident Leads To Death Of Motorcycle Passenger

There was a fatal Humboldt Park motorcycle accident Saturday (July 28, 2018) night.  The accident involved an ejection of the motorcycle passenger.

An excerpt regarding this fatal Humboldt Park motorcycle accident, from the Chicago Sun-Times article of July 29, 2018 titled “Woman killed, man seriously hurt in motorcycle crash in Humboldt Park“:

Shortly before 10 p.m., the motorcycle collided with a vehicle that was turning left in the 3200 block of North Avenue, according to Chicago Police. Witnesses told investigators that the motorcycle’s driver, a 38-year-old man, ran a red light.

Nicole Villavicencio, 28, of the Cragin neighborhood, was ejected from the bike during the crash, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Villavicencio and the motorcyclist were both taken Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of their accident injuries.  She was pronounced dead there.  The motorcyclist was listed in serious condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Humboldt Park motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Driver Leaves The Accident Scene After Hitting Man With Car In Des Plaines

Accidents in which the driver leaves the accident scene (i.e. “hit & run” accidents) continue to be a traffic safety problem in the Chicago metropolitan area.  On this site, accidents in which a driver leaves the accident scene are summarized in posts found in the “Hit & Run” category.  While there are many reasons as to why a driver may chose to flee the accident scene, one of the main reasons is that the driver does not want to be held accountable for the consequences resulting from the accident.  In many instances in which the driver leaves the accident scene, that driver is at fault for the accident.  The driver may be impaired by either alcohol and/or drug use.

A man was killed in a “hit & run” accident Friday (July 20, 2018) night in Des Plaines.  The accident involved a man being hit by a car.

An excerpt regarding the fatal accident, from the July 23, 2018 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Police seek driver in fatal Des Plaines hit-and-run crash“:

Carl Santelli, 67, was crossing the street at 10:14 p.m. in the 1000 block of Oakton Street in Des Plaines when he was hit by a westbound black 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, according to Des Plaines police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Hyundai drove off after the crash.

Santelli, who lived in Des Plaines, died after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.  A subsequent autopsy revealed he died from accident injuries due to the accident.

Those with information concerning this fatal crash are asked to call the Des Plaines Police Department at (847) 391-5400.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Des Plaines “hit & run” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 23 Daily Herald article titled “Des Plaines police search for driver in deadly hit-and-run crash.”

Fatal Loss of Control Motorcycle Crash On Kennedy Expressway Exit

There was a fatal loss of control motorcycle crash Saturday (July 21, 2018) night in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.  As seen in many crashes in 2018 – including those that caused fatalities – loss of motorcycle control continues to be a very common cause of serious crashes this year.

This crash happened on a Kennedy Expressway exit ramp in Logan Square.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the July 23, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash on Kennedy ramp in Logan Square“:

Donald L. Hay, 50, was driving a black 1991 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at 9:35 p.m. on the ramp from southbound I-90 to California Avenue when he lost control and was thrown from the bike, according to Illinois State Police. He was then hit and dragged by a 2006 Chevrolet SUV on the ramp.

Hay, who lived in Logan Square, was declared dead after being taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.  A subsequent autopsy determined that he died of multiple injuries from the accident.

The driver and passenger in the SUV were not hurt in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal loss of control motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal Chicago Heights Motorcycle Accident Along Chicago Road

There was a fatal Chicago Heights motorcycle accident Wednesday (July 11, 2018) evening.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  It is unclear as to what caused the crash.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the July 13, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcycle dies in Chicago Heights crash“:

Daniel Montiel, 35, of Chicago Heights was riding the motorcycle about 11:10 p.m. at 2515 Chicago Rd. when he crashed into a vehicle, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Montiel was taken to Saint James Hospital, where he died within the hour, the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy revealed that Montiel died from accident injuries related to the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago Heights motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.