Rideshare Passenger Injured, State Trooper Uninjured: Driver Causes 19th Scott’s Law Crash for 2023 on I-294 Near I-55


Crash into Illinois State Police SUV is 19th Scott’s Law (Move Over Law) Cfrash in 2023

Illinois State Police SUV in Scott's Law  crash on I-294 near I-55 in Cook County (SOURCE: Illinois State Police
Illinois State Police SUV in Scott’s Law crash on I-294 near I-55 in Cook County (SOURCE: Illinois State Police).

Illinois State Police (ISP) officials early Tuesday morning began investigation of a two-vehicle traffic crash involving an Illinois State Police trooper’s squad car that was hit by a rideshare driver who failed to move over on Interstate 294 northbound near Indian Head Park in Cook County. The rideshare crash with the Illinois State Police SUV was the second crash at the scene while an Illinois State Police trooper was managing a previous crash.

An Illinois State Police trooper and Hinsdale Fire Department firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at about 4:02 a.m. to the first crash — a reported property damage crash involving a blue Toyota Camry on I-94 WEST (northbound) near Mile Post 24. The blue Toyota was facing the wrong way in Lane 1. Within about 9 minutes the trooper managing the first crash watched his squad SUV get hit by another driver. The second crash occurred before firefighters and paramedics arrived.

Hinsdale Fire Department paramedics, who were dispatched about 4:02 a.m. to Mile Post 25.2 for the first first crash, did not find a crash. When they advised their dispatch they could not find the crash, they were told that the crash was located at Mile Marker 24. Hinsdale paramedics advised that they did not have quick access to that location, and that the location would be Pleasantview’s call on Addison Consolidated Fire Dispatch. Pleasantview Fire Protection District was dispatched to I-294 northbound at Mile Post 24 at about 4:20 a.m. with Battalion 150, Engine 152 and Medic 153 assigned.

While conducting the first crash investigation on I-294 WEST (northbound) at Mile Post 24, the trooper’s fully-marked squad SUV (with emergency lights activated) was struck by a vehicle that was being operated by a rideshare driver. The Illinois State Police SUV was unoccupied at the time of the crash. A passenger from the rideshare vehicle was injured and transported to UChicago Medicine AdventHealth La Grange with injuries initially believed to be non-life threatening.

The Illinois State Police Troop 15 trooper’s SUV was stationary in the left lane of Interstate 294 with emergency lights activated while the trooper was working at the first traffic crash scene. The rideshare driver of a gray 2014 Toyota Corolla, failed to move over. The rideshare driver’s Toyota struck the left concrete median wall before striking the left side of the ISP squad SUV. The trooper was outside of his vehicle at the time of the crash, and was not injured.

The driver of the rideshare vehicle was cited for a Scott’s Law violation and failure to reduce speeds to avoid a crash.

The driver of the Toyota, 44-year-old Joseph W. Allietta of Niles, Illinois, did not initially report any injury. A passenger in the Toyota was injured, and was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Allietta was issued citations for Scott’s Law – Improper Passing of a Stationary Emergency Vehicle and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.

After the crash, the trooper reported there was a lot of standing water at the scene of the crash, and requested a tollway maintenance truck or HELP truck respond to the scene. A total of three tow trucks were assigned for both crashes.

So far this year, ISP has had 19 Move Over Law-related crashes. In 2022, ISP had 23 Move Over Law-related crashes where eight Troopers sustained injuries. With the public notification of this incident, the Illinois State Police reminded the public of the requirements of the Move Over Law, otherwise known as “Scott’s Law”. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down AND move over. A person who violates Scott’s Law, commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense. If the violation results in injury to another person, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory period of anywhere between six months and two years.

NOTE: In an apparent communications error, an Illinois State Police press release and Facebook post indicated this crash occurred on I-294 northbound near Deerfield Road near Deerfield. The interstate is I-94 at Deerfield Road, and no EMS responses were assigned in the area around 4:11 a.m. Illinois State Police radio communications at the time indicated that an Illinois State Police trooper’s vehicle was struck on I-294 at Mile Post 24. The trooper reported damage to the rear driver’s side panel, the rear driver’s side wheel, and that the axle was possibly broken.

Also, the Illinois State Police Squad Car Crash Dashboard indicates the 19th Scott’s Law Crash was November 21, 2023 at 4:10 a.m. on I-294 NB at M.P. 24 with a map that indicated the crash was located on the north side of the I-294 interchange with I-55 between Joliet Road and Plainfield Road.



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