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Plainfield Woman Undergoes Surgery Following Crash

Illinois State Police confirm that tests are being conducted to determine if alcohol played a role in the accident, in which a woman drove through a red light and struck the victim's SUV.

Update/11:20 p.m. Monday:

Members of Tamara Watkins' family sent these messages to Patch for publication --

"I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to all the people of Plainfield for their prayers and support to my sister Tamara Watkins and her family during this very difficult time. May God bless each and every one of you! Love from her sister in Belgium"

"Please let the people know in Plainfield that Tamara's family in Canada truly appreciate all their prayers and support for the Watkins Family. May God Bless them all! The Cromwells"

"Thank you to all the people of Plainsfield for their prayers and support to my sister Tamara Walkins and her family in the wake her accident. God bless you all from Tamara's family in Canada."

Update/2 p.m. Monday:

Tamara Watkins, who suffered severe head injuries in a Sunday morning accident, has undergone surgery and is showing a "very slight" improvement, a family friend said Monday afternoon.

"She is fighting very strongly," said the friend, who asked that his name not be published. "They say the first 48 hours are very crucial, and she's made it through the first 24. She's showing very, very slight progress."

Her two passengers -- her 17-year-old son and his 17-year-old girlfriend -- have both been released from the hospital, the friend said.

He also said the family has been told that alcohol "played a role" in the crash, in which 25-year-old Amber Glasgow allegedly drove through a red light and collided with Watkins' SUV.

Update/10:45 a.m. Monday:

The Plainfield woman who was critically injured in a violent two-car accident Sunday remained hospitalized Monday as did the woman who is believed to have caused it, according to an Illinois State Police spokesman.

Tamara Watkins, 40, is being treated at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

The names and medical statuses of Watkins' 17-year-old son and a 17-year-female passenger identified as the teen's girlfriend were not released by Master Sgt. Martez Malone. The son had been transported to Edward Plainfield Medical Center and the girl to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

While no tickets have been issued or arrests made, the suspect in the crash is Amber Glasgow, 25, of Matteson. She is being treated at Rush-Copley.

Malone said the investigation is ongoing and that tests are being done to deterimine if alcohol was involved.

This story was posted at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday:

A woman is in "extremely critical condition" Sunday following a collision in which her vehicle was struck by a car that allegedly went through a red light at 127th Street and U.S. 30, police said.

The 40-year-old vicitim's identity has not been released, but Illinois State Police Sgt. Dustin Geier said her extensive injuries required that she be transported from Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

The collision occurred at about 7:30 a.m., Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said.

Initial reports indicate that a Matteson woman in her mid-20s was driving on U.S. 30 when she reportedly drove through a red light and struck the passenger door of an SUV that was going through a green light on 127th Street, Geier said.

The force of the impact pushed the SUV into a pole. Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles, Stratton said.

There were two passengers is the SUV -- the driver's 17-year-old son and his 17-year-old girlfriend, both of Plainfield, he said. The male was transported to Edward Plainfield Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition. The female was taken to Rush-Copley, where she was in fair condition, Stratton said.

The woman who allegedly caused the accident was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where she was listed in fair condition, he said.

The accident remains under investigation and no citations had been issued as of Sunday afternoon, Geier said.

Tiffanie Speeling January 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Prayers to one of the most amazing women in Plainfield. She's a fighter and couldn't have more people's love and support. This is a ridiculous, senseless tragedy!!
Gerrie Andermann January 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Prayers for all those hockey players on both of her sons teams. These boys have encounterrd some very hard times for their young lives. God protect them, their minds emotions and provide Godly mentors John n Gerrie A.
BETH January 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
My heart goes out to this family! I agree with Tiffanie Speeling, this is a senseless tragedy.
Diane W. January 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM
This terrible accident has texting written all over it. It is getting so, that I am afraid to drive, wish they would come up with a solution to this, passing a law will not stop invincible young people.
BETH January 16, 2012 at 01:46 PM
How right you are "my conscience" Pay attention on the road. It really is an easy thing to do. I've seen too many accidents due to impatience , cellphone use, and speed. I'm amazed that the mothers son and girlfriend weren't critically injured.I Saw the accident and it's a miracle to say the least that there are survivors. Too much damage has now connected families due to whatever caused this Matteson lady to run the light. Truly tragic. Heartbreaking for all involved.
Karen Sorensen (Editor) January 16, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I'm sorry to have had to remove some comments but they contained information that we don't know yet to be true. I'm not saying they are not true, only that the police are not verifying the information at this time.
BETH January 16, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Thanks for the update Karen! No worries about removing comments, I understand completely. If our Plainfield family can do anything to help out this mother and her family, just let us know what we can do.
BETH January 17, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Thinking of you all as you face these next few critical days. A wise ICU nurse once told me, "measure the progress in moments, not minutes." I hope that quote will help you endure all that you are dealing with. I pray that today gives you more hope then yesterday. While you stand by your loved ones side, please know that you have all of us praying for you here at home. If there's anything we can do for you physically: including meals, or blankets or as silly as it may sound, a few toothbrushes or pillows, tell us what you need and we will bring whatever it is, don't hesitate to ask. We're happy to drop the items off at any home or place of business that you designate. All our support to all of you. I'm so sorry to know that another family has to endure such horror as what you're dealing with right now.
Tanya Gorman January 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Thank you For you kind words and prayers we need all the prayers you can give Again thank you..
Joe Brennan January 18, 2012 at 03:12 AM
We are praying for all you guys, gotta stay positive & strong, e-mail us if you need anything at all Debbie&Joe...
denise January 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM
This story breaks my heart. I would love it if the Patch could keep update us on her condition. Many are praying for this women, myself included, and she is a stranger to me.
Tanya Gorman January 18, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Well then denise let me tell you about her.She is an amazing Mother,Wife,Daughter,Sister & Aunt... And most of all STRONG!!!!!! Thank you all for your Prayers all we can say is keep them coming and Thank you.....I love you Aunt Tamera xoxooxox
Joy Carcione January 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
We have been praying for Tamara and her family/friends since we saw the remains of the accident on Sunday. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. God bless you all.

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