Des Plaines Resident Cited in Fatal I-90 Crash Near Schaumburg


Fatal rear-end crash on EB I-90 near Schaumburg Thursday, April 27, 2023 (CARDINAL NEWS). YouTube Tips ⓘ

An alleged speeding driver, traveling along eastbound I-90 west of Meacham Road, has been cited in a fatal crash that occurred last Thursday. Illinois State Police and firefighters and paramedics from Schaumburg responded about 3:24 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2023 to a report of a crash involving four vehicles with one driver not moving inside her vehicle.

An off-duty paramedic on the scene was administering CPR to the female driver of a silver Mercedes when the first Illinois State Police trooper arrived. Schaumburg firefighters and paramedics arrived and learned that a woman gravely injured had been in one of the crashed vehicles.

Firefighter/paramedics worked to save the life of a Palatine woman, Carolyn Van Slyck, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the three other vehicles were transported with non-life-threatening injuries from the crash scene, which was located directly north of the Carvana tower located at Wiley Road and Penny Lane in Schaumburg.

A 22-year-old male Des Plaines resident, driving a black pickup truck, was accused of causing the crash that killed the Palatine motorist. According to the Illinois State Police, motorist Jose Arguijo Barrera was driving a 2017 black Chevrolet Silverado, and was cited for …

Driving Too fast for Conditions, and

Following Too Closely.

Initially, there was no information indicating whether there were pending charges connected to the death of Carolyn Van Slyck.

After the crash, Barrera’s black pickup truck was facing west in the eastbound lanes of traffic with severe front-end damage.

Carolyn Van Slyck was driving a silver 2013 Mercedes C300, which was severely damaged in the rear-end and the front-end. After the pickup truck crashed into the rear-end of the silver Mercedes, a red 2019 Lexus NX, driven by a 77 year-old male motorist of St Charles was hit. The Lexus then crashed into a black Toyota Camry, driven by a 29 year-old female motorist from Carpentersville. The Camry also struck a tow truck, but the driver of the tow truck did not stay at the crash scene.

According to Illinois State Police investigators, Barrera was eastbound on I-90 near Meacham Road when he drove his 2017 Chevrolet Silverado into the back of Van Slyck’s 2013 Mercedes C300, which had stopped because of traffic congestion.

The area is a common congestion point, where crashes occur when speeding drivers can’t stop in time to avoid a crash with vehicles stopped in traffic gridlock.

Barrera was transported with non-life-threatening injuries to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village; and the driver in the Lexus, and the driver in the Toyota Camry were transported to Northwest Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All lanes of eastbound I-90 were blocked initially. Then one left lane of traffic was opened for eastbound I-90. The right lanes were closed for several hours while an Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Officer and team was assigned to the scene for an extended crash investigation



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