DUI Charges Filed Against Driver Following Fatal McHenry Crash

Fatal McHenry County Car Crash

There was a fatal car crash December 26, 2017 in McHenry.  The crash, after which the driver was charged with DUI, happened in the 6500 block of Route 120.

According to McHenry Police and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office, first responders went to the accident scene at 12:26 a.m.  The crash involved a 2013 Ford Fusion, that was traveling westbound, leaving the roadway and striking a utility pole.

The driver, identified as Eduardo Jose Figueroa-Martinez, 20, and his passenger, 22-year-old Jose Luis Ortiz Reyes, were taken to Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry for treatment of their accident injuries.

Reyes was declared dead at the hospital.  He had been ejected from the vehicle during the crash.  A subsequent autopsy revealed that he died from blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 2, 2018 titled “Man charged with felony DUI in fatal McHenry crash“:

After being released from the hospital, Martinez, of McHenry, was taken into custody and charged with felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing a person’s death and aggravated driving under the influence without a valid driver’s license, police said.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal McHenry County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal McHenry County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 28 Northwest Herald article titled “Coroner identifies 22-year-old Wonder Lake man killed in McHenry crash.”

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Crosswalks In The Chicago Suburbs Safety Concerns

McHenry County Pedestrian Safety

As previously discussed on this site, pedestrian accidents involving people who are walking in crosswalks at the time of the collision happen on a regular basis in the Chicago area.  As such, one question that has arisen is whether crosswalks offer a “false sense of security” for pedestrians and others, like joggers and bicyclists.

This issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalk use is of great importance. As seen in many McHenry County pedestrian accidents summarized on this site a broad range of injuries, many serious, can occur when a person is hit by a car or other vehicle.   Many of these pedestrian accidents have led to fatal injuries.  Various aspects of McHenry County pedestrian accidents, including medical and legal issues, are further discussed on the “Pedestrian Accidents That Occur In McHenry County” page.

The issue of pedestrian safety as it pertains to crosswalks is discussed in the December 18, 2017 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “Walk at your own risk:  Drivers oblivious to suburban crosswalks.”  The article discusses various aspects of Illinois crosswalk use, as well as various problematical issues that are presented to those who attempt to use them to cross streets.  Among these problems is that cars don’t necessarily stop or slow down if pedestrians are at or in crosswalks, and that overall the situation is in many instances dangerous to walkers.

An excerpt from the article:

The zebra stripes and neon yellow sign invite you to cross. Drivers are supposed — indeed legally required — to stop. And yet, when Daily Herald journalists tested out suburban crosswalks, they found a survival-of-the fittest scenario with pedestrians on the losing side.

Illinois law requires drivers to stop for people within crosswalks and obligates pedestrians to take caution and not walk into the path of oncoming traffic.

But Daily Herald staff members not only encountered drivers who sped through crosswalks as they walked through, but they also experienced high-volume traffic that made it perilous to step onto the zebra stripes.

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The Active Transportation Alliance studied crossing safety in 2014 and found 78 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur within 125 feet of an intersection, and that older pedestrians are most at risk in crosswalks.

“People are not aware of the law, and our streets are designed in a way that encourages people to speed and drive recklessly,” said Kyle Whitehead, the alliance’s government relations director.

As seen in the article, various suburban crosswalks are considered to be “Risky crosswalks,” and the “10 busiest” are listed.

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry County Safety Issue

Additional details and additional information concerning this crosswalk safety issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.