19-Year-Old Belvidere Driver Totals IL State Police Vehicle On Interstate
This scary situation is a perfect example of the importance of traveling a safe speed direct slippery weather, be aware of surroundings, and obeying Scott's Law.
Two 19-year-olds from Belvidere were involved in a scary accident on northbound I-55 Sunday morning. According to the preliminary information, while an ISP vehicle was parking on the left shoulder of I-55 with its lights activated, the 19-year-old driver began to approach the emergency vehicle, "applied their brakes", and lost control striking the rear of the police SUV. Then, spun into another lane of traffic and was hit by another vehicle. Luckily, all involved only received minor injuries. Traffic on northbound I-55 was shut down for an hour to allow cleanup and investigation.
No information of ticketing has yet been provided but Illinois State Police reports this is the 11th squad car to be hit by another vehicle since January 1, 2019.
Here's Illinois State Police's full report.
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE SQUAD CAR STRUCK IN CRASH WITH INJURIES
The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police
WHO: Unit 1 Driver-Bailey Neiber, 19 Years Old, Belvidere, IL
Unit 1 Passenger-Payton Lindsay, 19 Years Old, Belvidere, IL
Unit 2 Driver-Illinois State Police Trooper
Unit 3 Driver-Hanna Bodrom, 25 Years Old, Lincolnshire, IL
WHAT: Three Unit Crash with Injuries
WHERE: I-55 Northbound at Mile Post 71, Montgomery County
WHEN: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 10:48 A.M.
VEHICLES: Unit 1- 2009 Honda Passenger Car
Unit 2-2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Vehicle
Unit 3- 2013 Volkswagen Passenger Car
PRELIMINARY: Illinois State Police District 18 is investigating a three unit crash involving an ISP police vehicle. Unit One and Unit Three were northbound on I-55 near mile post 71. Unit Two was sitting stationary on the inside shoulder with its emergency lights activated at the same location. Unit One applied their brakes as they approached Unit Two, the driver of Unit One lost control of the vehicle and struck the rear of Unit Two. Unit One spun into the lane of traffic and Unit Three struck Unit One. The driver of Unit One was transported to Saint John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL, with minor injuries. The driver of Unit Two was transported to Saint Francis Hospital, Litchfield, IL, with minor injuries. Both parties were transported by Farmersville-Waggoner Ambulance. I-55 northbound was shut down for approximately one hour for the scene to be cleared. The crash remains under investigation. This marks the eleventh ISP squad car struck since January 1, 2019.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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