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 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
“People just aren’t paying attention,” Stratton told the Herald-News. The same can be said of the Plainfield Fire Protection District. There is no media oversight on this taxing body. So here is some oversight. The salesman for MES, Mark Reynolds, is also a member of the Plainfield Fire Protection District. MES continuously is getting board approval for bids submitted. Are they actually providing low bids or is he getting tipped off to come in at a certain price? Backroom deals? I'm not sure why this editor has yet to report on a Fire District meeting.
RB September 13, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I would like to have the patch reporting on Fire District meeting.
firemansfriend September 13, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Stick to the subject firemanfred..and stop airing your hate for the fd its getting old.
Ray September 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Here's the whole quote and I don't know anything about the fire district stuff but I drive that part of the road every day and he is spot on with this comment. 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.”
Logansdad September 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I'd disagree. There are to many cross stress and "T" intersections on 126. Instead of stop signs, traffic lights need to be installed to better manage people turning. Turn lanes should be installed at Ridge, County Line and Renwich (I think).
Ray September 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
If you check on MapQuest there are 9 through, T, and cross streets on 126 from Rt 30 to Route 47 if you count routes 30 and 47. I am not counting the couple that turn into sub divisions, one of which has a turn lane, I'm talking through traffic streets. Anyway four of them already have stop lights and one has a stop sign. That leaves 4 streets without lights or stop signs and they are all T's. That's too many? Do we really want a stop light or sign at every intersection?That would render the road useless as a quick high speed route to Yorkville. Caton Farm, Rt 80 and other roads to the north are too far out of the way. Why does everyone have to suffer through more stupidity and waste of taxpayers money that would be caused by more government involvement, in this case stop lights and signs, because a handful of idiots and drunks can't follow the existing rules of the road.
Logansdad September 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
No we do not need a trafic light at every interstection. However look at where the traffic accidents have been and you will see that a traffic light at 126 and County Line Road could have helped. There is already a stop sign at Ridge and 126, why not just make this an intersection with a traffic light. It would be a lot safer that what is there now.
Aaron September 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM
C'mon, Fred. I'm not against due diligence and accountability, but within a "Crash Victim Identified As..." story? Not if you want to be taken seriously.
Firemanfred1921 September 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM
This article is as close as it can be related to the Plainfield FIre District. Shannon or the previous editor have never reported on the fire district board meeting. If Shannon does not regularly report on the monthly operations, firemanfred1921 is here to stay. Until then, I'll look forward to a report on each monthly board meeting. As long as you don't see any reporting, look for more behind the scenes comments to come. There's nothing hateful about my comments. I enjoy working in the fire service and I enjoy my career. There needs to be some serious changes to the way the fire district does business. It's unfortunate that you don't like the truth but there's more that needs to be exposed.
firemansfriend September 14, 2012 at 01:18 AM
What make you think you can dictate what the media reports on Fred...you don't like the patch move on.you wont be missed.
Firemanfred1921 September 14, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Sounds like you fear what might get reported. Afraid to hear the truth?
firemansfriend September 14, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Not at all...so start telling it.
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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