Two crashes on Route 38, one fatal

By on July 17, 2009

crash_mapBatavia man dies from injuries Sunday
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn—Two collisions occurred within two days on Route 38, one resulting in the death of a Batavia man.

At 5:16 p.m. July 12, Elburn and Countryside firefighters happened upon a crash at the intersection of Route 38 and Anderson Road. They rendered aid to four injured people including Robert G. Schipp, 74, of Batavia, who died from his injuries after being taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

Elburn police investigated the accident and determined that a Toyota Prius that was southbound on Anderson north of Route 38 was struck broadside by a Ford Freestar that was westbound on Route 38. Schipp was driving the Toyota, and his wife, Mary B. Schipp, 68, was a passenger. The Ford van was driven by John G. Steele, 74, of West Chicago, and Rita K. Steele, 68, was a passenger.

Mary Schipp and the Steeles also were transported to Delnor, and were treated and released.

The crash was the second fatal accident at the intersection in seven months.

The other Route 38 accident this week was on July 10, when five people were injured, one critically, in a three-car collision between Harley and Pouley roads in Campton Hills. The crash occurred at about 10 a.m., when an eastbound Pontiac Bonneville driven by William Gallon, 43, of DeKalb, drifted over the center line and hit the rear axle of a westbound truck, Campton Hills Police Chief Greg Anderson said.

The Pontiac then hit a Volkswagon traveling west, driven by Lynn Gorecki, 23, of Maple Park.

Gallon was taken to Delnor Hospital with critical injuries, and then transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he now is in fair condition.

Gorecki and the tow truck driver, Simon Acevedo of Carpentersville, were treated at Denor and released. Two passengers in Gallon’s car, Barbara Stephen, 58, Louquanious Henerdson, 33, both of DeKalb, were taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where they were treated and released.

The crash is under investigation. Although it rained the morning of the collision, the weather likely was not a factor, Anderson said.

“It didn’t appear to be hazardous; it was not raining heavily at the time of the crash,” Anderson said.

Gallon was ticketed for improper lane use and driving without proof of insurance.

Following each crash, Route 38 was closed for several hours during the investigations.