Traffic Accident Fatalities Projected To Increase In Illinois

Traffic accident fatalities in Illinois are projected to pass 1,000 this year (2016), which will be the first time since 2008 that this level will have been surpassed.

An excerpt from the August 13, 2016 The State Journal-Register article titled “Illinois traffic fatalities on pace for eight-year high in 2016“:

As of Friday, 629 people had died in vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Illinois this year, up 50 from the same period of 2015. The increase follows 998 fatalities in 2015, which was the highest number since 1,043 died in 2008. Despite the increase, fatalities remain well below pre-recession levels of more than 1,200 a year.

There are many potential reasons for this increase in those who die in Illinois traffic accidents.  The State Journal-Register article mentioned above cites a few factors, including higher speed limits on rural interstates, increased distractions, more miles being driven, and other factors.

The increase in traffic accident deaths has been increasing nationally, although those in Illinois are outpacing the national increases.  Another excerpt from the article:

The deadly toll reflects national trends, though Kolosh said fatalities in Illinois are rising faster, even as average miles driven have lagged. The council reported 38,300 deaths nationwide in 2015, up 8 percent from 2014 and the largest annual increase in 50 years.

The article also provides statistics regarding recent-era (from 2006) annual Illinois traffic fatalities, as well as results from a survey regarding driving habits.

Additional details regarding these fatal Illinois traffic accident trends can be seen in article mentioned above, as well as The Southern article of August 16 titled “Illinois traffic fatalities expected to reach 1,000 in 2016.”

DUI Enforcement Results In Carol Stream For 2015

On June 28, 2016 The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) of Schaumburg, Illinois published their 26th Annual DUI Arrest Survey. (pdf)

The survey covers DUI arrests for the year 2015. Nearly 700 Illinois police agencies were surveyed and 81% responded.

As seen in the AAIM statistics, among municipalities Carol Stream was tied for the highest number of DUI arrests, with 464 arrests in 2015.  This equates to a “DUI Arrest Rate” of 7.61 per officer, which is highest in the state for those municipalities featured.

An excerpt from the Press Release concerning the Carol Stream arrest record:

The highest DUI arrest rate in the state among departments making at least 200 arrests was Carol Stream, which had 7.61 arrests per sworn officer. Since 2007, Carol Stream has been one of the top three departments in DUI arrests per officer. This small department continues their significant impact in saving lives. The second highest rate of 5.25 was in Fairview Heights. Arrests per officer are an indicator of a department’s emphasis on DUI enforcement and are a measure that can be used to compare smaller departments.

The CBS Chicago segment (with video) of July 1, 2016, titled “Western Suburb Police Force Claims Title For Most DUI Busts In 2015” further discusses the driving under the influence enforcement efforts of Carol Stream.  Also mentioned is enforcement efforts to stop those driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana and heroin.

Additional details regarding these drunk driving enforcement efforts can be seen in the AAIM and CBS Chicago sources mentioned above.

Fatal Traffic Accidents During The 2016 July 4 Weekend

Traffic accidents during and around major holidays continues to be a major concern, due to many factors, including increased traffic and the likelihood of increased driving while intoxicated.

The Chicago Tribune, in a June 30, 2016 article titled “July 4 weekend traffic deaths seen jumping to highest since 2008” features a Bloomberg article that discusses why this July 4 weekend is expected to have a higher number of fatal traffic accidents than in recent years.

A couple of notable excerpts from the article include:

There will be 466 deaths from Friday evening through Monday, according to a projection from the National Safety Council. That’s an average of about 143 per 24 hours, compared with 107 in 2014 and an estimated 126 last year.

Car accidents have been climbing recently, reversing a years-long trend that had been credited to improved technology in cars and increased awareness of the risks of drunk driving. Another reason for the decline was that the economic slump that started in 2008 discouraged many people from traveling.


On average, July 4 was the deadliest day on the road from 2010 through 2014, followed by Jan. 1, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In Florida, Independence Day fatalities increased last year to 15 from 3, according to Sgt. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the state’s highway patrol.

Additional details can be seen in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the sources mentioned within the article.

Car Accident Near Lombard Seriously Injures Man

There was an accident Friday morning (March 25, 2016) in which a man was injured during a crash on southbound I-355 near the border of Lombard and Glen Ellyn.

According to police, the accident happened as a 33-year-old man driving a Chevrolet Blazer lost control for a currently unspecified reason.  The vehicle then swerved to the right – thereby striking a vehicle in the far right lane – then swerved to the left and struck a concrete median.  Then the Blazer reentered traffic and struck a van in the far left lane.

At the time of the crash, the man driving the Blazer was not wearing a seatbelt, and was partially ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle.  He suffered what were described as “severe injuries” for which he was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment.

The three southbound lanes on I-355, from Army Trail Road to Roosevelt Road were closed for several hours, until nearly 10:00 a.m., as the crash investigation was conducted.

Additional information concerning this multi-vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 25, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Algonquin man seriously injured in I-355 crash near Lombard” as well as the March 25 article titled “Algonquin man seriously injured in I-355 crash near Lombard.”

Car Crashes Into Naperville House

There was a DuPage County car accident early Friday morning (January 15, 2016) in Naperville.  The accident involved a car crashing through a window and into the living room of a house.

The accident happened at approximately 2:17 a.m.  The house is located at the intersection of University Drive and Vanderbilt Court.

The family in the house avoided injury during the crash.

The driver of the car, Nichole Anthony, 18, of Naperville, was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, for treatment of her accident injuries.

An excerpt from the January 16, 2016 Naperville Sun article titled “Naperville family OK after car bursts through living room window“:

In addition to DUI, police also charged Anthony with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident/driving too fast for conditions and illegal lane use. She is free on bond, and her preliminary court hearing date is pending.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Naperville Sun article mentioned above as well as the January 15 Naperville Patch article titled “Car Crashes into Naperville Home.”

“Head-On Collision” Injures Two Drivers In Naperville

There was a head-on collision Sunday morning (June 7, 2015) in Naperville in which two motorists were injured.

According to Naperville Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:45 a.m., and involved a Mercury that was heading southbound on Raymond Drive near Queensgreen Circle.  At that time, the Mercury crossed into the opposing (northbound) lanes and hit a 2005 Honda “head on.”

The driver of the Honda, a 33-year-old woman, was pinned in her car and had to be extricated.  She, along with the driver of the Mercury, were then taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.

The driver of the Mercury was identified as Sholanda M. Harris, 35, of Aurora.

An excerpt from the June 7, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  DUI driver causes serious head-on crash in Naperville“:

Harris, of west suburban Aurora, was charged with a DUI and improper lane usage, police said.

Those who may have witnessed the collision or have additional information are asked to call the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (630) 305-5379 or contact via email at

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the June 7 Naperville Patch article titled “2 Injured in Naperville Crash.”

Road Conditions Warning For Chicago Area

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a news release (“Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds to Create Hazardous Conditions Tonight and Super Bowl Sunday”) on January 31, 2015 regarding expected hazardous road conditions caused by high anticipated snowfall, including blizzard conditions.  While heavy snowfall is expected throughout Illinois, the highest level of snow should fall in the Chicago area, including DuPage County.

A few excerpts from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that a winter storm anticipated to deliver heavy snowfall, strong winds and the potential for blowing and drifting snow will create hazardous driving conditions tonight and Sunday. Motorists should be alert for slick roadways, take extra precautions when driving and consider traveling only if it is necessary.


National Weather Service forecasters are predicting 8 to 10 inches of snow across much of northern Illinois starting tonight and into Sunday, with 10 to 14 inches in the Chicago area, 3 to 6 inches in the central part of the state and 2 inches or less in southern Illinois. Gusty northeast windsSunday afternoon and evening could produce blowing and drifting snow, significantly reducing visibility. Throughout the day today, IDOT has been pretreating bridge decks and elevated driving surfaces that are susceptible to icing.


“Public safety is every driver’s responsibility. Motorists should take every precaution, reduce their speeds and avoid unnecessary travel to help keep roads safe,” said state police Col. Mike Zerbonia. “Avoiding distractions and keeping extra distance between vehicles will help when navigating through snow and ice conditions.”

The news release also contains a variety of recommended safety tips, including a warning concerning “black ice.”

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT news release mentioned above, and details regarding the anticipated snowstorm, including blizzard and potential “whiteout” conditions, can be seen in the February 1 Chicago Tribune article titled “Blizzard warning expected for Chicago area; Hundreds of flights canceled” as well as the Naperville Patch article of February 1, 2015 titled “‘Extraordinary Dangerous’ Travel Conditions as Blizzard Warning Issued for Chicago Area.”

Car Crashes Into Tree In Villa Park, Illinois

There was a DuPage County crash on November 28, 2014 in Villa Park, Illinois for which a man has now been charged with aggravated drunk driving.

The accident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. in the 600 block of West Plymouth.  At that time, a man driving a 2005 Ford Explorer struck a tree, injuring both the driver and a passenger, and causing substantial damage – as seen in the picture – to the Ford Explorer.

Both the driver and passenger were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

The driver was identified as Jose A. Ortiz-Barocio, 25, of Villa Park.

An excerpt from the December 9, 2014 Daily Herald article titled “Villa Park man charged with DUI after crash“:

Jose A. Ortiz-Barocio, 25, has been charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and with no valid driver’s license, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Villa Park Police Department.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above, as well as the December 10 article titled “Villa Park man charged with DUI after crashing car into tree.”

Warrenville Three-Vehicle Accident With Injuries

There was a DuPage County 3-car accident Monday afternoon (October 20, 2014) in Warrenville.

Warrenville Police responded to the accident at approximately 2:15 p.m., which happened at the intersection of Butterfield and Batavia Roads.

An excerpt from the City of Warrenville press release of October 21, 2014 titled “Police Investigate Motor Vehicle Crash“:

The investigation revealed the driver of vehicle one, which was heading westbound on Butterfield Road, traveled through a red light and struck vehicle two, which was traveling southeast on Batavia Road. The collision propelled vehicle two into a third vehicle that was stopped for the eastbound Butterfield Road traffic signal.

In the course of the accident, the first driver sustained minor injuries.  The driver of the second vehicle had to be extricated, and was then taken to Cadence Hospital in Winfield.  The driver of the third vehicle was also taken to Cadence Hospital for treatment of injuries.

These accident injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening.

Charges are pending against the driver of the first vehicle.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County accident with injuries can be seen in the City of Warrenville press release mentioned above, as well as the October 21 Chicago Tribune article titled “Two injured in Warrenville car crash.”

DuPage County Four-Vehicle Crash With Injuries

There was a four-vehicle accident in Naperville on Thursday night (October 16, 2014).  One driver is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) as part of the accident.

That driver has been identified as Monica F. Bull, 43, of Naperville.

The accident happened at approximately 11:18 p.m. Thursday night at the intersection of 95th Street and Wildcat Way.  Details regarding the accident are somewhat limited.

At least one person was injured during the crash.  That person was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 17, 2014 Naperville Sun article titled “Police investigate crash across from Neuqua” as well as the October 20 CBS Chicago article titled “Naperville Woman Charged With Driving In Four-Vehicle Crash.”