IDOT contractor killed when minivan crashes into worksite on Golf Road just east of Busse Road in Mount Prospect.
Mount Prospect police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:13 a.m. Sunday October 27, 2019 to a report of a traffic crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Golf Road (Route 58) east of Busse Road between Edgewood Lane and Robert Drive.
Upon arrival, officers located a crash involving a minivan and construction vehicles, and two injured construction landscape workers.
The worker who was struck by the minivan was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the deceased was initially withheld until next of kin is notified, according to Mount Prospect Police Department.
IDOT Contractor’s Identity Released
Late Sunday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office released the identity of worker killed as Roberto Orozco, age 67. The worker was part of a crew of IDOT contractors.
According to Mount Prospect Police Department, the driver of the minivan struck the rear of an electronic arrow sign board that was hitched to a landscaping pickup truck in the curb lane of eastbound Golf Road between Edgewood Lane and Robert Drive. Initial investigation revealed the Toyota minivan was being driven eastbound on Golf Road approaching Robert Drive in the curb lane when it struck an electronic arrow sign board and a worker, who was outside the pickup truck. When the arrow sign board was struck it swung around closer to the curb and struck the second worker.
The worker who was struck by the sign board was transported by Mount Prospect firefighter/paramedics to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for his injuries.
The driver and sole occupant of the minivan was transported by Mount Prospect firefighter/paramedics to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital as a result of the crash with non-life threatening injuries. Police conducted a roadside sobriety test. Mount Prospect police did not initially confirm that the driver underwent toxicology testing, but Illinois Statute requires a chemical test when the driver of a motor vehicle is involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.
Two people who witnessed the crash said one of the workers was tossed about 20 feet into the air. The victim landed about 30 feet down the road from the crashed minivan, trailer, and pickup truck.
The construction landscape workers were patching up lawn damage following the completion of the Golf Road resurfacing project along Golf Road.
Crash investigators were called to the scene. Eastbound Golf Road remained blocked all afternoon, and remained blocked past 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
This traffic crash is currently being investigated by the Mount Prospect Police Department Major Crash Investigation Team, along with the assistance from the Major Case Assistance Team’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team.
Initially, no charges were filed; but the crash may involve Scott’s Law. According to the Illinois State Police, Scott’s Law applies to ANY vehicle authorized by law to be equipped with oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights under Section 12-215 of this Code, while the owner or operator of the maintenance or emergency vehicle is engaged in his or her official duties. As of January 1, 2017, the Move Over Law now applies to all vehicles that display flashing emergency lights, including commercial trucks and cars; the law is no longer limited to authorized emergency vehicles — i.e. police cruisers, ambulances, and fire trucks. Failure to reduce speed and proceed with due caution when a commercial truck or emergency vehicle is stopped with flashing lights activated at a work site — resulting in a crash that kills a person — can be considered a Class 4 Felony, can result in a fine up to $10,000, and can result in driving privileges suspended for up to 2 years.
The Mount Prospect Police Department requests anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any additional information to contact the department’s Major Crash Investigation Team at 847-870-5656.
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