Illegal street racing has become more frequent in Illinois and around the country. Fatalities and injuries from racing on highways and other public streets have risen in recent years. Being caught just watching an illegal street race can be considered aiding and abetting this dangerous activity. There are tracks dedicated to legal car racing. These are a much safer alternative to the dangers and stiff penalties for illegal racing.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, a fatal accident occurred in Oak Lawn. Police reported that an 81-year-old man was speeding in a westbound pickup truck when he ran through a red light. He then allegedly jumped into the eastbound traffic and collided with 10 vehicles. The pickup truck driver and two nuns died in the crash.
News may have reached Illinois sports fans that a bus containing the women's softball players from North Central Texas College was hit by a semi-truck in Oklahoma, leaving four players dead. The team had just completed a scrimmage with Southern Nazarene University in Bethany when a tractor-trailer crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the left side of the bus, causing extensive damage. Eleven ambulances and a number of helicopters responded to the scene.
A fifth individual who was involved in a tractor-trailer accident in July along Interstate 55 was declared dead on Wednesday, Aug. 6. A 64-year-old man from Urbana was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood after suffering injuries in a chain-reaction incident that was triggered when a semi-truck was speeding and trying to change lanes. Illinois State Police said that the truck struck two cars and a van that were stopped in a construction zone. Four women who were involved in the accident were declared dead on the scene.
A four-car pileup left a 50-year-old Chicago grandfather dead and injured two other motorists during the lunchtime rush hour on Interstate 80. The car accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11. The decedent was pronounced dead at Hazel Crest's Advocate South Suburban Hospital around 2:22 p.m.
Illinois owners of the Range Rover SUV from Land Rover may have heard that the automaker was recalling some of its vehicles because of a possible malfunction of its airbags. The problem was reportedly that connectors on 3,912 Range Rovers may come loose, which would keep the side airbags from inflating correctly in an auto accident. The recall concerned only those SUVs from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
An Illinois man was recently charged with five counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one count of reckless homicide. He was allegedly drunk behind the wheel in a November auto accident that killed five people in the vehicle with him while they were reportedly hill-jumping. The practice involves driving over hilly rural roads at high speed with the aim of becoming airborne after cresting the top. The man reportedly lost control of his Chevrolet Trailblazer, sending it flipping over multiple times.
A judge in McLean County has determined that a 25-year-old female driver who struck and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk and failed to report the incident is guilty of leaving the scene of the car accident. The driver has already pleaded guilty to counts that include felony aggravated DUI, having a suspended license while driving and failing to reduce the vehicle's speed to help avoid an accident. A 21-year-old woman was killed in the accident, and her friend was injured but recovered.
A two-car crash occurred in Virgil Township, a west suburban area of Chicago, shortly after noon on Sunday, Oct. 27. A 23-year-old woman who had been driving a 2012 Ford Focus crossed over the center line and hit a 2007 BMW SUV that was traveling in the opposite direction.
A missing stop sign appears to have played a strong role in a collision that fatally wounded a Polo High School teacher. The 32-year-old resident of Byron, Illinois, was traveling westbound in a silver 2002 Toyota. The teacher drove through the intersection, which usually has a stop sign in place, and collided with a northbound Saturn. The teacher was taken to Rockford's OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center by helicopter following the car accident.