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Ramon Echevarria Identified as Driver of Corvette that Crashed Into Elk Grove Commercial Building on Estes Ave

Sat September 15 2012 12:56 pm
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Ramon Echevarria, of Schaumburg, was identified as the driver that was killed at the scene of a crash into a building at 1801 Estes Avenue about 12:35 a.m. Thursday. The apparent street racing crash involved Echevarria’s 1998 black Corvette, which left the roadway while it was westbound on Estes Avenue. From Accident Investigation markings and tire impressions visible in the grass, Echevarria’s vehicle was traveling off the road for about 300 feet before it hit the commercial building at 1801 Estes Avenue. The whole travel distance from starting line to the crash was about 2000 feet.

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Red line (about 300 feet off road) and blue line (about 1700 feet on Estes Avenue).

Elk Grove Village police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:35 AM Thursday to a car vs. building crash with entrapment at the Penray building, 1801 Estes Avenue. Police and firefighter/paramedics arrived within five minutes and reported a car inside a building. Firefighter/paramedics reported the victim was significantly pinned inside the vehicle. The driver was killed at the scene during the crash. The crash scene was located on the south side of Estes Avenue, just east of Busse Road and Estes Avenue.

The vehicle was apparently traveling on Estes Avenue at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred. The vehicle, a witness described as a black Chevrolet Corvette, hit the corner of a commercial building with the front-end of the vehicle. The vehicle was found inside the building with severe damage to the vehicle. A hole in the building about six-feet high showed serious damage to the building. Apparently there was no collapse risk to the building, because a special rescue structural collapse team was not called to the scene.

Firefighter/paramedics left the scene about 2:26 a.m. except for one fire vehicle for lighting, with plans to return when requested by police at daylight.

Police were highly protective of the scene because of the fatality and because of the wide area encompassing the crime/investigation scene. Estes Avenue was blocked between Busse Road and Nicholas Boulevard.

Police also restricted media from the scene after one camera operator was was harassed at the scene by about 15-20 friends of the victim. The group of subjects were male/white and female/white subjects who were throwing pennies, bottles and other objects; and yelling obscenities at the news camera operator. Police had to escort the camera operator from the scene for the camera operator’s safety. The crime scene was also the length of the block on Estes Avenue from Busse Road to Nicholas Boulevard and was protected by police.

A witness and night worker near the scene reported that a late model Chevrolet Corvette with no damage was also located at the scene. The vehicle had the vanity license plate “GONE.” The witness speculated that the subjects may have been at the scene already while racing on the street, but this has not been confirmed. The witness believed it would have been unusual for such a large group to have congregated around the crash that fast, at that hour of the morning. Police held at least 15 subjects for investigation and interviews between 12:30 a.m. and about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. Police notified the victim’s family immediately after crash.

In daylight, police were marking marks on the curb, and tracking tire marks in the grass. Police called for a tow truck at about 5:45 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters returned to the scene about 6:00 a.m. while Estes Avenue was still blocked — disrupting local area morning rush hour traffic.

Extrication of the victim resumed at about 6:28 a.m. Thursday. Extra fire rescue equipment was called to the scene about 6:50 a.m. for additional manpower. The victim was removed from the vehicle about 7:15 a.m. Cook County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Elk Grove Village police with management of the crash scene overnight.

The crash occurred about 4500 feet east of a reckless driving crash involving a 1967 Chevy Camaro on Sunday, July 15, 2012. The driver of the Camaro left the roadway, hit a boulder, flipped upside down and became trapped under a tree in the front lot of an industrial building. Estes Avenue is a wide open industrial roadway, sometimes with light traffic, that apparently attracts reckless driving.

Penray manufacturers heavy duty automotive products, such as engine coolants, anti-freeze inhibitors, coolant additives, tire inflators, brake cleaners, diesel fuel additives and other products — mostly aerosols and liquids. No hazmat response was reported during the fire department operations.

Apparent starting line on Estes Avenue near Nicholas Boulevard. Over 40 additional photos …

Tire marks in grass and skid mark on asphalt showing last seconds attempt to miss building (slightly veering right) Over 40 additional photos …

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