Two Pedestrians Hit By Car On Ontario Street

Two pedestrians were struck by a car in Chicago’s River North area on Thursday night, May 23.  The man who struck them has been cited for DUI.

The women were crossing Ontario, between LaSalle and Wells, when they were hit by a car heading westbound on Ontario at approximately 10:10 p.m.

The two women injured, both 26 years old, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and are reported to be in stable condition.

The driver who hit them has been identified as Michael Lapato, 26, of Lisle.  According to the Chicago Police Department, he has been charged with DUI, negligent driving, failure to reduce speed, and failure to yield to pedestrians.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 24 Chicago Tribune article titled “BMW driver cited for DUI after hitting 2 women in River North” as well as the May 24 DNAInfo.com article titled “Drunken Driver Hits Two Pedestrians in River North, Police Say.”

Freight Train Collides With Semi Truck In Barrington, Illinois

A multi-vehicle accident happened Thursday night in Barrington, Illinois when a Canadian National freight train hit a semi truck.  Four additional vehicle were also involved following the initial collision between the train and truck.

According to Barrington Police, the accident happened on Route 14 just before 6:00 p.m., as the truck was heading west.  It is being reported that the truck did not clear the tracks prior to the arrival of the train, and the collision occurred.

According to the Barrington Fire Department, two people were taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.  Both had nonlife-threatening injuries.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 24 Lake County News-Sun article titled “No serious injuries despite train, truck, 4-car pileup in Barrington” as well as the May 23 Northwest Herald article titled “Freight train hits semitrailer in Barrington.”

Car Accident On Kennedy Expressway (I-90) Near Armitage

There was a car accident on the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90) near Armitage this morning (May 19).  The accident, which happened at approximately 10:44 a.m., was in the outbound lanes.

Details on the accident and its causes appear limited at this time.

It is being widely reported that at least two cars were involved, and at least four people were injured during the traffic accident.

Among those injured were three taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, in serious to critical condition, and one taken to Saint Mary Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 19 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “3 hurt in Kennedy crash” as well as the May 19 Chicago Tribune article titled “4 injured in crash on I-90 at Armitage.”

Car Accident Near Kedzie And Elston In Chicago

There was a car accident in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood early this morning, May 17.  The accident happened near the intersection of Kedzie and Elston Avenues, according to Chicago Police.

The accident involved a car hitting a pole, possibly at a high rate of speed, at approximately 2:50 a.m.  Occupants of the vehicle had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Chicago Fire Department.  Four people were injured during the accident and taken to area hospitals.

Alcohol may have played a role in the accident, according to media sources.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 17 Chicago Tribune article titled “4 injured in Avondale crash” as well as the May 17 DNAInfo.com article titled “Four Injured In Avondale Crash.”

Fatal Bicycling Accident In Schaumburg, Illinois

There was a fatal bicycle accident this morning at East Frontage Road and Higgins Road in Schaumburg, IL.

Details on the accident appear somewhat limited.

An excerpt from the May 14 Chicago Tribune article titled “Bicyclist killed in collision with car in Schaumburg” :

The crash happened about 9 a.m. when a car that had been northbound on Illinois 53 exited onto eastbound Higgins Road (Illinois 72) and hit a bicyclist, according to Illinois State Police Elgin District Trooper Douglas Yorke.

“Apparently he was making a turn and a bicycle was crossing at the same time,”’ Yorke said.

The bicyclist was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois and pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m.

At the time of the initial press coverage, it is unknown if the car or bicyclist had the right of way at the time of the collision.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, the arlingtoncardinal.com article of May 14 titled “Fatal Vehicle-Bicycle Crash, Accident Investigation on Eastbound Higgins Rd (Route 72) At East Frontage Rd/Busse Woods Bike Trail,” and the May 16 Daily Herald article titled “Husband mourns Busse Woods bicyclist killed crossing Higgins Road.”

Semi Truck Collides With SUV On Dearborn Street In Chicago

There was an accident early this morning involving a semi truck and SUV on Dearborn Street in Chicago.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 2:10 a.m. in the 600 block of North Dearborn Street, when the semi truck was traveling north on Dearborn.  The truck is reported to have run a red light and struck a SUV that was traveling east on Ohio Street.

There was an 11-month-old girl in the back seat of the SUV.  Although she was being held by a female passenger at the time of the accident, she was ejected from the vehicle during the accident.  She was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The driver of the truck has been identified as David Lecher, 39, of Villa Grove.  The driver of the SUV has been identified as Cresencio Acuna, 31, of Chicago.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 14 Chicago Tribune article titled “Baby thrown from SUV in collision with semi” as well as the May 14 MyFoxChicago.com story titled “Baby girl, 11 months, ejected from SUV in River North Crash.”

Fatal Multi-Vehicle Accident On Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway

There was a fatal accident this morning on the Kennedy Expressway at Cumberland Avenue involving a semi truck and three cars.

Details on the accident appear very limited at this time.

However, it is being widely reported that the accident happened at approximately 6:00 a.m., according to the Illinois State Police.  One man, said to be in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.  Two other people were injured and taken to the hospital.

An investigation into the accident continues.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 13 nwherald.com story titled “Kennedy Expressway lanes reopened after 1 killed in crash” as well as the dailyherald.com story of May 13 titled “One killed in multi-vehicle accident on the Kennedy Expressway.”

Fatal Vehicle Accident On Interstate 80 (I-80) Near Harlem Avenue

There was a fatal vehicle accident today around 1:00 p.m. on Interstate 80 (I-80) near Harlem Avenue.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.

The accident involved a Ford SUV “rear-ending” a dump truck.

At least one person died as a result of the accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 8 Oak Forest Patch.com story titled “1 Person Killed in I-80 Crash Near Harlem Avenue” as well as the May 8 Southtown Star article titled “Two hurt in I-80 near Harlem.”

Collision Between Car And Chicago Police SUV Leaves One Woman Dead

There was a fatal accident this morning involving a collision between a Chicago Police SUV and a car. The accident happened on Chicago’s South Side, at 76th Street and Yates Boulevard, at approximately 10:20 a.m.

The police officers were pursuing suspects of a home invasion that were fleeing.

The two police officers were injured during the collision and were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the car has been identified as Jacqueline Reynolds, 56, of Chicago. She was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

An excerpt from the May 8 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman killed in collision with police car during South Side chase” :

As with all police chases, the department will look into whether the officers involved in Wednesday’s crash followed proper procedures in pursuing the suspects, a spokesman said. Officers must weigh the seriousness of the offense against the dangers of a chase for other drivers and bystanders.

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 myFoxdfw.com article of May 8 titled “Woman killed, officers injured in South Side traffic crash.”

Motorcycle Accident In Chicago’s Marquette Park Neighborhood

There was a motorcycle accident early this morning in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood.

The accident involved a motorcycle with a passenger crashing into a parked Chicago Police car at 12:45 a.m. at South Western Avenue and West 71st Street.

During the accident, the motorcycle’s driver, said to be a 40-year-old male, was ejected from the motorcycle.  His injuries included broken bones.

The passenger, said to be a 22-year-old woman, was pinned under the police car following the accident; the Chicago Fire Department was called to extract her from under the car.  She suffered broken bones and other injuries.

Both the motorcyclist and the passenger were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Police believe that either drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 5 Chicago Tribune article titled “Motorcycle hits parked police car in Marquette Park” as well as the May 5 CBS Chicago article titled “Motorcyclists Injured In Chicago Lawn Squad Car Crash.”