Man Dead After Crashing Car, Walking Into Traffic Naked

WORTH, Ill. (CBS) — A south suburban man died over the weekend after crashing his car on the Tri-State Tollway, stripping naked, and walking into traffic.

In so doing, the man also indirectly caused another accident, police say.

Witnesses said Daniel Thompson, 35, of Robbins, had been driving a black 2005 GMC pickup truck at a high speed in the northbound lanes of the Tri-State (I-294) shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. He rear-ended another car and ended up slamming into the right guardrail just south of 95th Street, Illinois State Police said.

Afterward, a mundane traffic accident quickly turned profoundly bizarre.

Thompson took off all his clothes, got out of his pickup truck, and walked into traffic buck naked, state police said.

As he stood there on full display for all the drivers on the tollway, Thompson, of Robbins, was struck and killed by a white rental 2010 Chrysler Town & Country minivan in the far left lane. He was dead at the scene, state police said.

The driver of another car, a black Chevrolet Cobalt, swerved to avoid the accident that killed Thompson, but ended up getting into a separate accident. The car struck the right guard rail, and three people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

State Police couldn’t say what made Thompson strip naked and walk into traffic, and are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved, Master Sergeant David Schneider said Monday.

The minivan driver who hit Thompson will not be cited, state police said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • do us a favor

    Please. Kill yourself at home.

    • caring friend

      Who ever wrote this comment is such a ass you don’t know what was going on in Dans head and just cuz the papers say he committed suicide doesn’t mean that he did. U have no sympathy for his family, friends or anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. You sound like a person who just doesn’t care just so u know most people do not kill them selves at home because they do not want to be found they want to die. I’m sure if you ever met Dan you would think twice about the comment you made He was such a sweet person and would never hurt anyone intentionally. I could say so much more but I will not be as rude and ignorant as i can be

  • RIP Dan

    Caring friend ….. you are so right Dan was an amazing person and touched the lives of so many. His service was phenomenal. So many people there that people were standing in line outside waiting to get in. Over 500+ people I AM SURE!!!!
    As for u “do us a favor” If you do not have all the facts and evidence you should not be RUDELY commenting on here. You are going by what one person said to the media to get this FALSE story out there. There is definitely more to the story that ONLY Dan knows.

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