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ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS – As reported in an online news article published by www.mystateline.com, one person was killed and two others injured in an early evening head-on collision. 

According to the Rockford Police Department, an early evening two-vehicle accident resulted in the death of a 54-year-old woman, and injuries to a 15-year-old male passenger along with a 37-year-old male driver.  All victims were transported to a local hospital, where the 54-year-old woman was pronounced dead.  The 2 additional victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

The accident happened on Broadway and Eastmoreland in Rockford, with reports of 1 person being trapped in a vehicle. Police indicate that a vehicle was traveling westbound and crossed the center line, colliding with a vehicle traveling eastbound.  Reports of the accident do not reveal whether the vehicles were traveling on Broadway or Eastmoreland at the time of the accident.  

However, police indicate that the 54-year-old deceased woman was driving the westbound vehicle with her 15-year-old male passenger, and the 37-year-old male driver was in the vehicle traveling eastbound. 

The Rockford Police Department has not shared the identity of the deceased victim and has not reported why or how the accident happened.  As such, it is unclear what caused the 54-year-old woman’s vehicle to cross the center line resulting in a head-on collision that left her with fatal injuries.

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CHICAGO, Ill. — Two police officers sustained injuries, and a third person was hurt in a South Side crash. The operator of the car who caused the accident went to the hospital with minor injuries and the two police officers riding in the cruiser was also injured. They went to local hospitals as well. ABC 7 Chicago reported that none of the injuries sustained by the people involved were suspected to be life-threatening. Police investigators called in to examine the scene of the crash and evaluate the relative fault of the parties determined that the female driver should be cited for failing to yield to emergency vehicles.

Chicago police told ABC 7 Chicago that officers in a marked Police Department vehicle were headed to an emergency call for service when the accident happened. The officers said that the officer driving the vehicle activated the police car’s emergency blue lights and siren as the vehicle proceeded in a southerly direction down Lowe Avenue. As the police cruiser approached the intersection with 63rd Street, a 28-year-old female driving a silver Chevrolet sedan attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of the police car. The police SUV hit the rear of the sedan despite taking evasive action. 

Video taken of the scene by news reporters shows the police car after it came to rest on the sidewalk. Footage shows the front of the cruiser buried into a wrought iron fence at the boundary of an Aldi Food Store Parking lot. The Chevy came to rest along the side of the road. The video shows the rear of the car to be badly damaged. A tow truck removed the Chevy sedan from the area.

Officers cited the 28-year-old female driver for not yielding to an emergency vehicle. The investigators did not describe the nature of the emergency to which the officers were responding when they were involved in the crash. 

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CHICAGO, Ill. — Another person died in a Chicago hit-and-run crash. This time the victim of the crash was a 60-year-old woman. Another 60-year-old woman sustained injuries in the crash as well. The car that hit the women, who were standing in front of a bus stop shelter, sped away from the carnage. Police persisted in their efforts to locate the absconding villain and finally placed fleeing driver into custody. ABC 7 Chicago reported that Chicago police said the hit-and-run collision occurred on Chicago’s South Side, in the Woodlawn section of the city. *

The video report from ABC 7 Chicago shows the scene of the hit-and-run crash near the intersection of East 61St Street and Martin Luther King Drive. The video shows a bus shelter heavily damaged with the posts on one side of the shelter gone. A still photo from the video shows the roof of the bus shelter partially laying on the ground while still attached to the posts opposite of those wiped out in the wreck. There are many police officers and their cars inside the familiar yellow crime scene tape.

The initial reports from the Chicago Police Department suggest that the two women were standing either in or near the bus shelter when a Ford Explorer SUV careened into the women and the shelter. The awful crash occurred around 7:15 p.m. on a sunny Saturday evening. 

The Ford Explorer left the area. Police also said that the woman who died to the University of Chicago Hospital by ambulance. Sadly, she died the following day from the injuries she suffered in the hit-and-run incident. The other 60-year-old woman injured in the crash went to St. Bernard’s Hospital. St. Bernard’s lists her in stable condition. 

Chicago Police did not say how they identified and captured the fleeing driver. They did say that the individual will face a series of criminal charges.

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CHICAGO, Ill. — First responders flocked to Chicago’s Burnside neighborhood upon receiving a report of a severe auto accident. According to NBC 5 Chicago, the auto collision happened on a bright Sunday early evening around 6:00. At least five people went to hospitals in the area for emergency medical treatment, four of whom were children. The preliminary investigation into the accident revealed that four vehicles were involved in the crash. Chicago police took one driver out of those four into their custody at the accident scene. NBC 5 Chicago did not say if the police took the driver into custody because of actions related to the Sunday afternoon wreck or for another reason. The investigation into the four-car accident is still underway. Chicago Police accident investigators did not specify a date on which they expect to conclude their inquiry.

Officials with the Chicago Fire Department told NBC 5 Chicago that they responded to the intersection of 91stStreet and Cottage Grove for a report of a bad accident. The initial reports say that a GMC truck traveled southerly on Cottage Grove and two Dodge vehicles traveled ahead of the GMC truck in the same direction on Cottage Grove. The GMC truck plowed into a Dodge Caravan and then a Dodge Journey while approaching from the rear. The Caravan crashed into a Nissan Pathfinder.   

The collision sent the 25-year-old female driver of one of the cars to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The most current information available indicated she was in stable condition. The four children hurt in the crash also went to Comer Children’s Hospital. The most recent information from Comer Children’s Hospital is that all children hurt in the crash, a 9-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy, and twin 2-year-old boys were stabilized. 

The police took the driver of the GMC into their custody on unspecified charges.

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CHICAGO, Ill. — The 33-year-old motorist who drove the wrong way on Interstate 55 had several run-ins with the law. CBS Chicago reported that the 33-year-old driver has six incidents in the past eight years either driving without a license or driving while license suspended. The 33-year-old driver plowed into a taxi and killed the 57-year-old taxi driver and critically injured his two passengers. State Police are still investigating the fatal wreck and hope to learn why the 33-year-old driver with a checkered driving history was driving north in the middle lane of the southbound side of Stevenson Expressway.

Friends of the deceased taxi driver wondered to the media how a person with a horrible driving history could be allowed on the road. CBS Chicago said that between 2008 and 2016, an eight-year span, the 33-year-old motorist received citations for driving without a valid license or driving while his license was suspended. A court convicted the man four times for these violations. However, CBS Chicago reported that the Secretary of State for Illinois said that the driver had a restored license at the time of the crash after paying a reinstatement fee and completing all of his legal obligations in 2016. 

Illinois State Police and DuPage County Sheriff’s deputies are still trying to answer why the 33-year-old driver of a red Nissan entered I-55 at the Pulaski on-ramp.  The DuPage County Coroner’s office is involved in the investigation as well. 

In addition to the taxi driver who died in the head-on crash, the cab’s two fares, both 19, were critically injured according to CBS Chicago.  Medics transported both to Mount Sinai hospital. One of the two injured teens required immediate surgery upon arrival at the hospital. Mount Sinai released one of the injured passengers and listed the other in good condition a couple of days after the crash. 

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CHICAGO, Ill. — A motorist driving the wrong direction on the Stevenson Expressway collided with another vehicle head-on. Two people died, and at least two other people sustained severe injuries in the incident according to ABC 7 Chicago. The two people who sustained critical injuries were listed in critical condition Mount Sinai Hospital. The two people who died were the operators of the two vehicles involved. The car traveling in the appropriate direction was a taxicab with two fares. Illinois State Police accident reconstruction investigators are diligently pouring over the evidence obtained from the crash scene. They are also looking at autopsy records, as well as toxicology reports to determine how this devastating accident happened and why.

According to NBC 5 Chicago, the crash occurred on Saturday morning around 4:20 a.m. on Interstate-55. Authorities said that the wrong way driver slammed head-on into a taxi in the southbound lanes. Illinois State Police pinpointed the location of the crash as the middle lane of the southbound side of I-55 at Kedzie Avenue. 

Illinois State Police identified the taxi driver as a 57-year-old man. State Police identified the driver of the vehicle headed north in the southbound lanes as a 33-year-old man. The 33-year-old was driving a red Nissan sedan. Illinois State Police did not identify either of the critically injured passengers nor the extent of their injuries except to indicate that the Mount Sinai Hospital listed them in critical condition. 

Illinois State Police will continue to pursue answers as to how and why the accident happened. The investigating officers have not determined whether the driver operating in the wrong direction wasif either drugs, alcohol, or both. Toxicology reports could shed some light on that issue. Additionally, given the hour the crash occurred, troopers will consider whether the wrong-way driver operated while sleep-deprived, if possible. Illinois State Police accident investigators did not provide a deadline for their completed report.

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CHICAGO, Illinois — Chicago police have asked for the public to help identify the driver of a car that struck a motorcycle rider in the Gragin section of the northwest side of Chicago. The motorcycle rider was a 36-year-old man, according to WGN-TV. The evidence gathered by police officers at the scene of the crash suggests that the motorist who ran away from the scene crashed into the motorcycle intentionally and then took off from the area. Friends of the deceased motorcyclist said they found the vehicle involved in the crash a few blocks away from the scene of the criminal act. Police have not said what the motive might have been, nor have they identified any suspect. 

Witnesses told the media that the motorcyclist and a person driving a black sports utility vehicle engaged in a verbal altercation a few minutes before the fatal crash. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the witnesses said that the suspect vehicle is a GMC Envoy SUV. The witnesses placed the altercation a few blocks away from the scene of the accident located near the 4900 block of West Diversey Avenue. Police said that the motorcycle rider was driving easterly on West Diversey when the GMC slammed into the bike from behind. The impact threw the motorcycle rider off of the bike and into a sign pole. First responders pronounced the motorcyclist deceased at the scene of the crash.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office performed a post-mortem examination of the body. The coroner concluded that the motorcycle rider died from multiple traumatic injuries. 

Witnesses to the crash said the GMC fled easterly. The day after the crash, other witnesses said they found the GMC abandoned a few blocks away from the crash. The front grill, hood, and bumper had damage consistent with striking a motorcycle tire. Police have asked people with information to come forward so investigators can apprehend the driver of the SUV.

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La Salle, Illinois — The road surface of Interstate 39 between La Salle and Oglesby buckled causing severe accidents and substantially delaying traffic. The report field by WIFR indicated that Illinois State Police troopers left only one northbound lane open and closed the remainder of the road to allow work crews to repair the damage. There was no indication provided as to how long the road repairs are supposed to last. Illinois State Police would only say that they expected the lane closures to last for “an extended period of time.” 

Illinois State Police responding out of the District 17 barracks did not share any information with the media about the potential cause of the road surface of the left lane of I-39 north buckling. The State Police made the announcement at 8:30 p.m. via social media but did not say what time they received reports about the road failure or any of the accidents caused by the buckling road. State Police advised motorists to use caution if they were approaching the area.

Illinois State Police said they received several reports of motor vehicle collisions in the area of the road buckling. The State Police did not provide a specific number of crashes that happened because of the road deformity. Additionally, police did not say whether any motorist sustained injuries in any of the subsequent crashes. 

The News Tribune reported that the road buckled near milepost 58. The News Tribune also commented that I-39 buckled in 2016 and 2017. The paper said that the I-39 road surface buckled twice in the previous three years due to excessive summer heat and higher than usual rain accumulation. The road buckling incidents in 2016 and 2017 also caused several car crashes. There was no indication given about the number of casualties attributable to the road problems in 2016 or 2017. 

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EAST CHICAGO — A 23-year-old man from East Chicago died in a two-car crash on Saturday, May 11, 2019. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the accident happened around 10:00 p.m. The Lake County Coroner’s Office determined that the young man died from blunt force trauma as a result of the accident. The police investigation continues. There was no information forthcoming about whether the police will bring any criminal charges against the surviving motorist. *

Lake County law enforcement officers, fire personnel, and medics responded to the scene of a violent automobile crash in the 5600 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, near the intersection with Carroll Street. The East Chicago South Shore Line station is also close to the accident scene. The Northwest Indiana Timesreported that the Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene of the crash and pronounced the young man deceased shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The driver of the other vehicle involved went to Methodist Northlake Hospital located in Gary, Indiana for treatment of his injuries. The other driver did not require further hospitalization according to a follow-up article published by the Northwest Indiana Times.**

East Chicago Police continued their investigation. On Monday, May 13, 2019, the East Chicago Police Department released a statement explaining their investigators’ preliminary findings. Initially, the reporting officers believe that speed might have caused the crash. Additionally, the officers’ preliminary reports suggest that at least one of the drivers was weaving out of lanes in an unsafe manner. A photograph taken of the accident scene by a news photographer shortly after the accident shows a black pickup truck with substantial front end damage and a spider-crack in the windshield up against an older model Ford Mustang. The Mustang showed significant damage to the front and passenger’s side.

Officers have not named the other driver to this point. They are continuing their inquiry and have not discussed the possibility of issuing criminal charges with media. 

*https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-metro-illinois/man-killed-east-chicago-crash-indianapolis-boulevard/

**https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/east-chicago-man-dies-in-fatal-crash/article_4d01cbd3-bed4-59da-b68f-0cb2c0617dfb.html

COOK COUNTY, Ill. — A 23-year-old woman lost her life, and other passengers were seriously injured in a fiery crash that happened on Sunday, April 28, 2019, around 3:20 a.m. according to the Chicago Tribune. The young adults were riding in an Uber rideshare vehicle on I-55 that was struck by a driver who was allegedly intoxicated. While one passenger died and the others struggled to free themselves from the wreckage, the drunk driver purportedly walked away from the scene and hailed another rideshare car. The drunk driver fled from the scene of the wreck. Illinois State Police and Will County Sherriff’s Office deputies tracked that driver down at his home and placed him under arrest. The driver now faces a host of criminal charges. *

According to the Chicago Tribune, four young adults were riding in an Uber on I-55 near the Damen Avenue exit. As the Uber drove south on the Stevenson Expressway a man driving a 2015 Infinity sedan plowed into the rear of the Uber vehicle, believed to be a Hyundai sedan. The Hyundai burst into flames as a result of the tremendous impact. The 23-year-old woman in the backseat perished in the fire. People attempted to save her but could not because of the flames. The other three passengers and the Uber driver escaped the fire. All of the passengers sustained serious injuries and were hospitalized. The Uber driver was not seriously hurt.

The driver of the Infinity allegedly walked away from the crash. Investigators determined that the 22-year-old motorist from Homer Glen hailed another rideshare vehicle and fled the scene. Officers tracked the operator down at his home and arrested him. Investigators brought several charges including reckless vehicular homicide, aggravated drunk driving, and failing to report a fatal accident among other charges. A judge set his bond at $100,000 along with conditions of release designed to prevent him from driving or consuming alcohol while on release before trial. 

*https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-uber-fatal-crash-drunk-driving-charges-20190430-story.html