The small town of Campton Hills, Illinois, had not seen a fatal crash in 2010 or 2011. But a recent automobile accident that occurred there is the third of 2012 and brings with it a third and fourth death. According to reports, the collision occurred on Route 38 around 8:46 p.m. Four vehicles were involved in the accident that was reportedly started by the dangerous driving of a 30-year-old woman from Wisconsin.
Police determined that the 30-year-old was traveling at a high speed when the accident occurred. According to reports, the woman was driving in the westbound lane of Route 38 but was passing vehicles in the eastbound lane on a regular basis. At some point, the 2003 Nissan Altima she was driving collided head-on with a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old male. The young man from Maple Park, Illinois, lost his life due to injuries he sustained in the crash.
The 30-year-old woman lost her life in the accident, as well. While she was pronounced dead at the scene by responders from local fire departments, the 18-year-old was rushed to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois. Once there, he was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After striking the car of the 18-year-old, the Nissan traveled back into the westbound lane and rear-ended another vehicle. That car was pushed into the eastbound lane, where it hit a fourth vehicle. According to reports, two others were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. One of them was the girlfriend of the 18-year-old. In addition, the young man’s dog died in the crash.
Officials report that before the crash, the 30-year-old was involved in a minor hit-and-run incident. She was seen on Route 38 by a police officer who tried to pull her over. Reports indicate she fled at a speed higher than 100 mph so the officer called the pursuit off because it was too dangerous. In addition, she was allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license in a car that was reported stolen.
Source: Daily Herald, “Crash involving stolen car kills two in Campton Hills,” Melissa Silverberg, Dec. 2, 2012