VIDEO ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION: Fatal Rear-End Collision on Schaumburg Road West of Plum Grove Road, including work by the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team.
Schaumburg police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 8:53 P.M., Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to a report of a serious traffic crash involving entrapment near 524 East Schaumburg Road. The crash involved three vehicles — a blue Mazda minivan, a white 2009 Mercedes sedan, and a black 2015 Acura sedan. The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Schaumburg Road in a stretch of road that is between the Schaumburg Township Elementary School District 54 administrative offices to the north, and the the Prairie Center for the Arts to the south.
The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the 2009 Mercedes was traveling westbound Schaumburg Road and the Mercedes sedan rear ended the Mazda minivan, and then rear-ended the black 2015 Acura. The Mercedes sedan then left the roadway and stopped in the grassy area on the north side of Schaumburg Road, about 150 feet further west of the Mazda. Schaumburg Police took the driver of the Mercedes into custody near the scene of the accident.
When the driver of the Mazda minivan was rear ended, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on the north side of Schaumburg Road just before the east entrance to the Schaumburg Township Elementary School District 54 administrative offices. The Mazda minivan hit the tree on the driver’s side, and the driver, Amando Chavez, age 41 of Schaumburg, was entrapped in the minivan and was given medical treatment at the scene. The impact of the crash caused intrusion of the tree trunk into the middle of the minivan’s driver and passenger compartment. Fire command requested extra personnel with extrication tools to work to extricate Amando Chavez from his vehicle
Ambulance 52 and Squad 55 were initially dispatched to the crash, which was not initially reported as a crash with entrapment. Police on arrival reported entrapment and Truck 52 and Battalion 5 were immediately assigned at 8:58 p.m. for the extrication work.
A second ambulance was dispatched at 9:00 p.m. — Ambulance 51 was assigned. A third ambulance (Ambulance 54) was assigned, and an Engine Company (Engine 52) was assigned to stand by with a hose line in case of fire by 9:05 p.m.
A second Truck Company (Truck 53) was assigned to bring another set of extrication tools by 9:06 p.m. Upon arrival, Truck 53’s crew was assigned to bring their extrication tools to the Mazda.
Chavez, suffering serious injuries, was extricated by about 9:30 p.m. (approximate) and was transported to Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The black 2015 Acura that was also struck by the Mercedes was also westbound on Schaumburg Road. The driver of the Acura suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital and later released. During the crash investigation, the Acura was parked in a parking lot on the south side of Schaumburg Road at 521 East Schaumburg Road.
The Schaumburg Police Department is investigating this accident with the assistance of the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team. Investigation markers were already being placed by 9:40 p.m. and a large number of markers were placed on the roadway and parkway. Schaumburg Road was reopened to traffic at 4:20 a.m.
The white 2009 Mercedes sedan appeared to have front-end and rear-end damage. The Mazda minivan had near total damage on all sides. The 2015 black Acura sedan appeared to have rear-end damage only.
The Schaumburg Police are working with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and possible charges are pending, according to Schaumburg Police Department.
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