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 , 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.

The confirmed her death Thursday morning. Police released information Wednesday afternoon that at the hospital.

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. 

Kim May 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I have a special prayer time on my way to work each day. I will include this family in my prayers. God Bless everyone touched by this young girl.
Pamela Petty May 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM
I have been reading all this since I seen the accident on the way to taking my Husband to work. What everyone has post here is I suppose what the public does and how they react to things that doesnt involve them. Everyone has lost sight in the fact that it doesnt matter whos fault it is, all that matters is there was a Horrible accident and a Life was lost as a result. No fight , no discussion, no amount of Money can bring this Young Lady back. She now walks with the Angels. I will not even try to go into the idea that God calls us home in Our time, and in his manner, as I have grown to see Alot of people are lost to that beleif. My Prayers go out to ALL INVOLVED in this horrific time. And know this if you know nothing else. Accidents are called accidents because thats what they are ACCIDENTS. and the he said she said will never change that. Walk in gods light, and know hes with you, as are my prayers.
Eric May 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Pamela, Just a small thought, why are you reading and posting things while you are driving? Lets be more careful than that please so other accidents are avoided.
Pamela Petty May 18, 2012 at 02:29 AM
My post was days after the accident, Just goes to show you some readers read out of context and shouldnt post if they have no clue on what they are talking about.
jessica November 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
im was jenny best friend and she was really nice and she always had a smile on her face even if she was mad at you \ WE MISS YOU JENNY AND WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH always Jessica Miles


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