Woman Caused 7-Vehicle Crash, Then Fled To Pick Up Kids

UPDATED 12/09/11 11:33 a.m.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — A Naperville woman accused of touching off a chain reaction accident has some big troubles that go beyond the crash.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, Rhonda L. Fitzpatrick, 37, is now facing charges including aggravated battery for the incident, which started about 5:12 p.m. on Nov. 11, the Naperville Sun reports.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

Fitzpatrick was at the wheel of her 1999 Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle when police say she rear-ended a Ford Windstar minivan that had stopped at Oak Bluff Court and Washington Street.

Five more vehicles then crashed into each other in a chain reaction, Bell said, and the drivers got out to assess the damage.

“Ms. Fitzpatrick was insistent upon leaving,” Bell said, and put her SUV into reverse, striking two of the vehicles behind hers.

Police say Fitzpatrick jumped out of her SUV and tried to commandeer the minivan, saying she had to go pick her children up.

The owner of the van tried to stop Fitzpatrick from driving off, and ended up being dragged several feet, Bell said.

The van owner was not seriously injured, Bell said. Fitzpatrick then stopped and got out of the minivan, got back into her SUV and drove away, he said.

She surrendered last week after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Fitzpatrick is also charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, reckless driving, failure to give information or aid following an accident, knowingly damaging property, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving with a suspended license, authorities said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Jim Hamilton

    I hope they take her kids away before someone gets killed or seriously hurt and give this woman psych treatment for at least a year before letting her out

    • Roberta Waker

      They had better get this woman off the road as she is very dangerous. She had to be high or totally crazy to do what she did and I agree that her children should be removed from her care for their safety. Hope they do more investigating into her driving record – it could be very interesting.

      • Jim Hamilton

        Yeah Roberta and she was already driving on suspended so short of locking her up how can they keep her from behind the wheel

  • slippery

    sounds like another drunk or drugged-up house wife from napervegas, martinis at 2pm will do it everytime

    • Jim hamilton

      indeed and just look at the example she is setting for her kids.

  • Naperville Buffy

    I’m telling you some of these “housewives” are dangerous.

  • Jimbo


  • Centurion

    So…the accident…attempted car jacking..and subsequent evasion occurred NOVEMBE R11….and they just now issued a warrant for her arrest? Gee, it only TOOK ONE MONTH. I know..I know..its naperville…..can’t interrupt cops writing parking tickets to chase down someone who caused a multiple vehicle accident, tried to carjack someone, then dragged someone down the street with the appropriated vehicle. Gee, what would naperville do without all those parking tickets.

    As per naperville policy, I am sure she has already bonded out of jail.

  • santa

    housewifes are extremly dangerous on the roads.
    wife + suv = weapon
    more on
    have a nice holidays folks:)

    • Roberta Waker

      Actually, teenagers, especially MALES, are a lot more dangerous on the roads. Last time I checked, their insurance rates were higher for a reason. Then we have the illegals without licenses or insurance or legal residences that move around after an accident so you can’t find or collect from them. Like Jackie Gleason used to say “They’re out there, Alice”.

  • Vicky Kujawa

    Men are worse drivers than women; that’s why their insurance rate are higher.

    • Joey

      I understand that State Farm is rethinking the notion of having difference insurance rates for males than for women. It seems the statistics are changing, or so I heard.

    • $pace

      Only because up until recently men were driving in much greater numbers.. Therefor we have much more years of statistics to base the rates off of.. Women are actually catching up to men when it comes to insurance rates.. and from my personal experience.. every female i know has been involved in a tleast one accident.. and many males i know (including myself) have never been in one.. my sister and mother alone have been in 4 each.. for my sister that’s only in 9 years of driving! I’m a year younger with two tickets and 0 accidents and she only pays slightly less than me..

  • Tea Party Hero

    What was the race oft his woman please?

    Did they check to see if she was an ILLEGAL?

    • Roberta Waker

      Fitzpatrick was the name; not likely an illegal; just stupid.

  • Joey

    This is typical of the new entitled man or women with kids. They behave as if they are the only ones who matter. Naperville is stacked with these rude and impolite people. I hope they throw the book at her.

  • Prior victim

    She was also invloved in a similar accident in June 2011. Rear ended a car and took off. She was caught and arrested for DUI, child endangerment (her 3 kids were in the back seat), fleeing an accident, no license, no insurance. She had just left the scene of ANOTHER accident where she ran over a stop sign and kept going. She was fined and sent home to keep driving and causing accidents. Nice legal system, isn’t it?

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