There has been a fatal Tri-State Tollway crash near Route 176. This fatal Tri-State Tollway crash is being attributed to a “wrong-way” driver. The person killed was an Illinois State Police (ISP) Trooper identified as Gerald Ellis, 36.
At the time of the crash Ellis was driving home as his shift had ended. The crash happened early this morning (March 30, 2019) at approximately 3:25 a.m. near mile post 16.75 in Green Oaks.
Ellis was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.
As can be seen in the accident scene photo, his ISP SUV was severely damaged in the front, which indicates that this crash was likely a “head-on collision,” which is common during “wrong-way driver” accidents.
The driver who was driving in the wrong direction at the time of the crash also died. He was later identified as Dan Davies, 44, of Calumet City.
The accident remains under investigation. It is unknown at this time as to whether the “wrong-way driver” was impaired at the time of the collision; however, the Lake County Coroner has indicated that alcohol consumption was likely a factor in the crash.
It is typical for drivers who drive in the wrong direction to be impaired either by alcohol or by drug use. If the driver is impaired by alcohol consumption, the level of impairment is often substantial.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Tri-State Tollway crash near Libertyville can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 30, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “…Trooper killed in crash near I-94 near Libertyville…” Remembrances of
Gerald Ellis can be seen in the April 1, 2019 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Trooper killed in wrong-way crash remembered…“
“Wrong-way drivers” (those who travel in the wrong direction) continue to be a substantial traffic safety problem both locally as well as nationally. Just Thursday night there was a double-fatal “wrong-way driver” crash on I-355 in Downers Grove. That fatal accident was summarized in the “I-355 Fatal Car Crash In Downers Grove” post.
On this site, various Lake County crashes as well as those in the Chicago area that involve “wrong-way drivers” are discussed in posts in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category. As seen in those posts, this type of crash is highly problematical. Typically these crashes lead to serious accident injuries to vehicle occupants, and fatalities often result.
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