Driver in Tuesday Night Crash Dies
Officials at the DuPage County Coroner's Office confirmed that Jennifer VanEtten, 16, of Big Rock, died at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials in the DuPage County Coroner’s Office have confirmed that Jennifer VanEtten, the 16-year-old driver of the minivan in Tuesday night’s crash in Montgomery, died Wednesday afternoon.
Vanetten died at 12:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, officials said. A cause of death has not yet been determined, according to the coroner’s office, and the investigation is ongoing.
VanEtten, of Big Rock, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Astrovan north on Orchard Road at the Route 30 intersection around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when a semi truck owned by ABF Freight System Inc. of Aurora turned left from the southbound lane, striking the minivan head on, police said.
A Lifestar helicopter transported VanEtten to Good Samaritan Hospital on Tuesday night, police said. Two passengers in the van—Sheryl VanEtten, 38, of Big Rock, and a 13-year-old girl—were taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, police said.
The driver of the semi truck declined medical treatment at the scene, Oswego Fire Protection District officials said.
A family pet, a black and brown German shepherd, ran from inside the van after the crash. (UPDATE: The dog was found Thursday. The post on Lost Dogs Illinois is here.)
The accident remains under investigation by Montgomery police, and anyone with information should call the investigations tip line at 630-879-8707, ext. 3300.