Route 126 Crash Victim Identified as Yorkville Man

Robert James Jr., 63, was pronounced dead at Rush-Copley hospital following the three-vehicle crash in Plainfield.

Illinois State Police on Wednesday identified the man who died in a three-vehicle accident early Monday morning on Route 126 as Robert James Jr., 63, of Yorkville.

Chief Jon Stratton said James was driving east on Route 126 between County Line and Ridge roads shortly before 6 a.m. when his four-door Mercury crossed into the westbound lane, hitting a box truck.

State police said the driver of the truck attempted to avoid the Mercury but couldn’t, and wound up striking an eastbound Kia.

James was extricated and taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

On Wednesday, state police said they still do not know what caused James to swerve into the oncoming lane, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

The truck driver and a passenger refused treatment following the crash, and the man driving the second vehicle was taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in good condition, Stratton said.

A deadly summer

The accident was the third fatal crash this summer on a roughly three-mile stretch of Route 126.

On June 4, three former students died when their at Route 126 and Schlapp Road near Oswego.

Plainfield residents Brian Herrera and Tyler Montgomery, both 19, were pronounced dead at the scene. Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center, where she was also pronounced dead.

Just more than a month later, motorcyclist went a Dodge Durango SUV struck a smaller vehicle at westbound Route 126 and County Line Road.

The impact forced the car into the eastbound lane, where it struck Oswald, a 57-year-old member of Will County ABATE and the Warriors Watch Riders.

The family riding in the car — a mother, father, infant and toddler — were extricated from the vehicle and taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

The driver of the Durango, 24-year-old in the fatal July 14 crash.

A fourth accident ­ — this one non-fatal — occurred Tuesday just more than a mile from the site of Monday’s deadly crash. This time, one person was injured in a and two other vehicles at County Line and Renwick/Wheeler roads.

Despite the fatalities, Stratton said he doesn’t believe Route 126 is particularly dangerous, calling it a high-visibility roadway.

“People just aren’t paying attention,” Stratton told the Herald-News. “There’s nothing that’s a blind corner. I just think it’s people in a hurry.”

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Firemanfred1921 September 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Is anyone else receiving these types of raises? Here is the more comprehensive list from 2004-2011 of the HR/Finance Director. The salary has close to doubled in under ten years. 2004 - $64,186 2005 - $75,632 2006 - $80,329 2007 - $90,057 2008 - $92,325 2009 - $98,496 2010 - $99,913 2011 - $106,927
K.T. September 14, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Without a doubt we need to keep on working in the direction of creating safer roads. A 63 year old gentleman lost his life and it may have been because of health issues. He may not have been texting or chatting on his phone. In some cases, a heart attack can occur while the person is behind the wheel of the vehicle. We don't have all the information yet.
Denise Williams September 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
K.T. - you are so correct. Thank you for showing some compassion.
Cindy September 14, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Here we go again....anytime there is any type of article on a crash, Fred is here to rant about the fire dept.
Ray September 16, 2012 at 01:27 PM
@Logansdad. If YOU look closely you'll see that of the spate of accidents in this area lately only two were directly at intersections and only one was at the intersection you're referring to and it was caused by a drunk. Physically drive the road man. Heading west there is at least a full 100 yards between where you have vision of the intersection after the curve. The second intersection there is a clear 200 yards plus view. No trees no obstacles nothing. Heading east on 126 the numbers are the same and so are the total absence of obstructions of view. I have driven this road in a 37 foot 14 ton motor coach doing 55 miles an hour and have no problem seeing or stopping. I drive it every weekday in my Explorer and again have no problem seeing or stopping and I must admit I'm usually going 60 or 65 in the Explorer because it's pretty early or late depending on whether I'm coming or going. These accidents were cause by negligent drivers and this latest one possibly a medical condition. The facts on what caused the driver of the Mercury are still not being reported. I still believe simple enforcement, and maybe for a while, some extra strict enforcement of the laws already on the books to get people to slow down and pay attention and things will be fine.


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