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Woman Dies in Frontage Road Crash

Several vehicles were involved in a crash near the dog park at Van Horn Woods.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
A Joliet woman died Saturday following a multi-vehicle crash near the Van Horn Woods Dog Park, the Will County Coroner's Office said.

Deborah Huffar, 63, was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the crash on the frontage road between Caton Farm Road and Route 30 Saturday morning, according to the coroner. She was pronounced dead at 11:52 a.m. at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

The frontage road was closed for several hours following the crash.

According to state police, the driver of a Pontiac Vibe pulled out onto the frontage road, causing the driver of a Chevy Cruze to brake suddenly. The driver of the Chevy then lost control on the icy roadway, sliding into the northbound lane and striking Huffar's Saturn head-on.

The driver of the Pontiac was cited with failure to yield, police said.

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  • gigi January 25, 2014 at 08:32 PM
    So sad.........prayers to her family. Passed by this accident today and didn't realize someone lost their life.
    Adrienne January 25, 2014 at 08:46 PM
    Most of it is posted 45, I believe the dog park area is 35/25 - but that doesn't stop people from driving 60 most of the way. It is so dangerous to try and get out of any of those streets there because people are flying past you. Time for the speed limit to be lowered for that whole road.
    Mary Birkelund January 25, 2014 at 09:30 PM
    So sorry for the families loss...prayers being sent.
    Clyde Braviere January 26, 2014 at 07:50 AM
    All of the frontage roads between Romeoville and Channahon are very dangerous. No one drives anywhere near the speed limit. Turning on or off of them is a nightmare. Traffic comes to a halt when a car tries to turn left off a frontage road onto any of the main roads they intersect since there are no turn lanes and it's impossible to see. I'm sorry to hear about this particular accident, but I'm surprised there aren't more!
    Robert January 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM
    It's the people pulling out without looking, or that think all traffic should stop for them to pull out that cause most accidents here. Every day I see people pulling out of subdivisions onto main roads without stopping. People are more impatient and inconsiderate these days.
    Grandpamike January 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM
    It is not the speed limit that has to be changed, it is people learning how to drive in all conditions, especially, wet or snow/ice covered roads, people just have the need to speed, and making the speed limit lower means nothing at all to those who want to go faster.
    CrystalCrystal January 27, 2014 at 05:01 PM
    So sad :-( I too drove past this accident on Saturday, not realizing that someone died. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I drive on this frontage road everyday and I agree, some people don't care about the speed limit and have a "need for speed" I've also seen on several occasions where people will just dart out onto the frontage road from their subdivisions, making everybody behind them slam on their brakes! I hope that this is a wake up call for drivers to SLOW DOWN on that frontage road. Its not well lit, very slippery, and dangerous!

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