Crash Video Files: Manchester Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin: Grayslake, Illinois Resident, Judi A. Nykaza, Killed In Snowmobile Accident Along County Road O

A woman operating a snowmobile with no passengers was killed in this crash. It happened on New Year’s Eve.

Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Time:

Authorities received word that the victim was missing at about 9 at night. At about 11:20 on the same night, she was found.

City / County / State: Manchester Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin

Address: County Road O

Victims Killed:

1. Judi A. Nykaza was 68 years old and lived in Grayslake, Illinois.

Victims Injured:

none

Cause:

There are no known eyewitnesses to the crash. When passersby finally spotted Nykaza, they found her and the snowmobile in the ditch. But it is not clear exactly how the accident occurred.

Sources:

WEAU

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Crash Video Files: Joliet, Illinois: Donald R. Cousin Killed In 2-Car Accident At Raynor Avenue And Moran Street

One man has been killed in this two-vehicle crash. Another driver had only minor injuries.

Date: Monday, December 30, 2013

Time: About 4 in the afternoon

City / County / State: Joliet, Illinois

Address: Intersection of Raynor Avenue and Moran Street

Victims Killed:

1. Donald R. Cousin was 51 years old and lived in Joliet.

Victims Injured:

The second driver, who remains unidentified, sustained minor injuries.

Cause:

Police believe that Cousin ran a stop sign at Moran and Raynor. This resulted in a collision with the other car.

Criminal Charges?

The other motorist has not been charged and does not seem to have been negligent, based on the facts provided so far.

Sources:

Joliet Patch

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Crash Video Files: Peoria, Illinois: Teen Brooklyn Hope Armstrong Killed In 2-Car Accident On Interstate 74; 6 Victims Injured

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Crash Video Files: Peoria, Illinois: Teen Brooklyn Hope Armstrong Killed In 2-Car Accident On Interstate 74; 6 Victims Injured

Two vehicles were involved in this crash. One teen girl was killed, and 4 other occupants of the pickup truck she was riding in as a passenger were all injured. In addition, the driver and passenger in the 2nd vehicle were injured.

Date: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Time: About 10 in the morning

City / County / State: Peoria, Illinois

Address: Interstate 74

Victims Killed:

1. Teenager Brooklyn Hope Armstrong was a 16-year-old student at Carlinville High School. She was a sophomore.

Victims From Pickup Truck Injured:

Note that all 4 of these victims were seriously injured, and they are all from Carlinville, Illinois.

1. Driver Kevin R. Kiehna is 51.

2. An unidentified 15-year-old teen also sustained injuries.

3. Tiffany B. Kiehna is 22.

4. Dylan Kiehna is 22.

Victims From Other Vehicle Injured:

1. James M. Spurgeon is 69 and from Princeville, Illinois. He sustained minor injuries.

2. Judith A. Spurgeon is also from Princeville. This 64-year-old had only minor injuries.

Cause:

Police think that Kevin R. Kiehna lost control on the icy and slippery road. He then collided with the Spurgeons’ vehicle.

Criminal Charges?

Kiehna received some traffic tickets for driving too fast for the conditions, failing to secure the 15-year-old teen in a seat belt, and personally failing to use a seat belt. But he was not criminally charged at the time of writing.

Sources:

SJ-R.com

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Crash Video Files: Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois: Jarred X. Harrell Killed In 2-Car Accident On Route 30; Janella Harrell And Stephen P. Pierce Injured

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Crash Video Files: Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois: Jarred X. Harrell Killed In 2-Car Accident On Route 30; Janella Harrell And Stephen P. Pierce Injured

One man and one female driver were both injured in this two-vehicle crash. A man riding in the woman’s car was killed.

Date: Friday, December 27, 2013

Time: About 6:30 to 6:45 at night

City / County / State: Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois

Address: Route 30

Victims Killed:

1. Jarred X. Harrell was 21 years old and lived in Aurora, Illinois.

Victims Injured:

1. Driver Janella Harrell is 24. She was taken to the hospital, but her medical condition is not known.

2. The other driver, Stephen P. Pierce, is 61 and from North Aurora. He was also taken to the hospital but has already been released.

Cause:

One of the cars apparently crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle. Although it was implied that Harrell was the one who went into oncoming traffic, the Daily Herald article did not expressly state that. So I can’t say 100% for sure which vehicle crossed the center line.

Criminal Charges?

Neither Janella Harrell nor Pierce has been charged with any crimes.

Sources:

Daily Herald

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Crash Video Files: Ina, Illinois: 2 Hopkinsville, KY Residents Killed In Accident With Mustafa Meco’s Truck On Interstate 57 – Jill Gibson And 13-Year-Old Teen Boy; Megan Michelle Hester and 3 Others Injured

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Crash Video Files: Ina, Illinois: 2 Hopkinsville, KY Residents Killed In Accident With Mustafa Meco’s Truck On Interstate 57 – Jill Gibson And 13-Year-Old Teen Boy; Megan Michelle Hester and 3 Others Injured

2 victims in an SUV were killed in a crash with a big-rig truck. 4 people in the same SUV were injured, and the truck driver did not sustain any injuries.

Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 (Christmas Eve)

Time: 40 minutes after 12 noon

City / County / State: Near Ina, Illinois

Address: Interstate 57

Victims Killed:

1. Jill Gibson was from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She was 49.

2. An unnamed 13-year-old teen boy also died. He was also from Hopkinsville.

Victims Injured:

1. Megan Michelle Hester is 22 and from Maryland Heights.

2. Benjamin Hester is from Maryland Heights. His age was not known yet.

3. Chris Gibson is 41 and from Hopkinsville.

4. An 11-year-old boy was also injured.

All 4 were seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

Truck Driver:

Mustafa Meco is 62 years old and lives in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Cause:

Police believe that Hester lost control and went into oncoming traffic. She then collided with Meco’s truck.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time.

Sources:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Crash Video Files: Chicago, Illinois: 8-Year-Old Lauren Smith Killed And Man Injured In Christmas Eve Accident On West Garfield Boulevard

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Crash Video Files: Chicago, Illinois: 8-Year-Old Lauren Smith Killed And Man Injured In Christmas Eve Accident On West Garfield Boulevard

A girl has been killed in a one-car crash on Christmas Eve. The man driving was injured.

Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Time: About 11:15 at night

City / County / State: Chicago, Illinois

Address: 1000 block of West Garfield Boulevard

Victims Killed:

1. Lauren Smith was 8 years old. She lived in Chicago, on South Wolcott Avenue.

Victims Injured:

The man, who is believed to be either 22 or 26, was not identified, including his relationship to Lauren Smith.

Cause:

The male driver lost control, went off of the road, and slammed into a tree.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time.

Sources:

Chicago Tribune

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Crash Video Files: Philo, Champaign County, Illinois: Thomas L. Huskisson Killed In 1-Vehicle Accident On County Road 300 N

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Crash Video Files: Philo, Champaign County, Illinois: Thomas L. Huskisson Killed In 1-Vehicle Accident On County Road 300 N

One male driver was killed in this one-vehicle crash. No passengers were involved.

Date: Monday, December 23, 2013

Time: About 3 in the afternoon

City / County / State: Philo, Champaign County, Illinois

Address: County Road 300 N

Victims Killed:

1. Thomas L. Huskisson was 43 years old and lived in Danville, Illinois.

Victims Injured:

none

Cause:

Police think that Huskisson failed to negotiate a curve in the road. His vehicle went off the road, hit a tree, and then overturned. Reports did not say whether Huskisson was wearing a seat belt.

Sources:

News-Gazette.com

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Crash Video Files: Northbrook, Cook County, Illinois: Valerie Esposito Killed In 1-Vehicle Accident On Edens Spur (Near Lake-Cook Road)

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Crash Video Files: Northbrook, Cook County, Illinois: Valerie Esposito Killed In 1-Vehicle Accident On Edens Spur (Near Lake-Cook Road)

A woman driving with no passengers was killed in this one-vehicle crash.

Date: Friday, December 20, 2013

Time: Around 2:45 in the morning

City / County / State: Northbrook, Cook County, Illinois

Address: Edens Spur, under Lake-Cook Road

Victims Killed:

1. Valerie Esposito was 45 years old and lived in Libertyville, Illinois, on North East End Avenue.

Victims Injured:

none

Cause:

Police believe that Esposito left the road and slammed into a bridge abutment. This was under Lake-Cook Road. The vehicle also overturned. The report did not state whether Valerie was wearing a seat belt.

Sources:

Chicago Sun Times

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Crash Video Files: Mundelein, Illinois: Eric Ocampo Killed In 2-Car Accident On Illinois Highway 60

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Crash Video Files: Mundelein, Illinois: Eric Ocampo Killed In 2-Car Accident On Illinois Highway 60

One man was killed in this two-vehicle crash. His passenger was injured.

Date: Sunday, December 22, 2013

Time: About 5:15 in the afternoon

City / County / State: Mundelein, Illinois

Address: Illinois Highway 60

Victims Killed:

1. Eric Ocampo was 34 and lived in Zion, Illinois.

Victims Injured:

An unidentified passenger in Ocampo’s Toyota Camry was injured. This victim is in critical condition.

Note: The other driver was not injured and was not identified.

Cause:

Police say that Ocampo pulled out of a parking lot in his Camry and was struck by the other driver, who was in a BMW. Besides the roads being wet, it was not clear what caused this accident to happen.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time.

Sources:

Chicago Tribune

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Crash Video Files: Englewood, South Side Chicago, Illinois: Donovan Turnage, 11, Killed In Accident When Struck By Allegedly Stolen Vehicle Near West Garfield Boulevard and South Halsted Street; 1 Man Injured

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Crash Video Files: Englewood, South Side Chicago, Illinois: Donovan Turnage, 11, Killed In Accident When Struck By Allegedly Stolen Vehicle Near West Garfield Boulevard and South Halsted Street; 1 Man Injured

A young boy was killed in this crash. The vehicle he was riding in was struck by a car that police say had just been carjacked and stolen.

Update: 34-year-old Rockie Douglas has been identified as the suspect in this case. You can see a photo of Douglas by clicking on the WGN link below.

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013

Time: About 30 minutes after noon

City / County / State: South Side of Chicago, Illinois (Englewood community)

Address: Close to the intersection of West Garfield Boulevard and South Halsted Street

Victims Killed:

1. Donovan Turnage was 11 years old. He lived in Chicago, on South Artesian Avenue.

Victims Injured:

The man driving the Suburban occupied by Turnage was injured. His medical status was not known.

Suspect:

There is no description for the suspect or the second car that he allegedly took off in after the accident occurred. However, he may have stolen a light blue 2007 Honda Accord after fleeing in the second vehicle.

Cause:

Police say they spotted the suspect driving and tried to pull him over. He continued on without stopping and crashed into the Suburban in which Turnage was riding.

Criminal Charges?

There are no charges at this time. If the suspect is caught, a charge along the lines of reckless homicide or even more is a strong possibility.

Sources:

Chicago Tribune

WGN Article With Photo Of Suspect Rockie Douglas

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