Three Dead In New Lenox Crash

NEW LENOX, Ill. (STMW) – Two men and a woman, all southwest suburban Crest Hill residents in their 20s, are dead after the car they were traveling in struck construction equipment on Interstate 80 in New Lenox early Saturday.

A 2009 Honda Civic driven by 27-year-old Christopher Bannon was traveling westbound on I-80 at milepost 137 at the Route 30 interchange about 2:20 a.m., according to Illinois State Police District Joliet.

Bannon lost control of the car and drove into the center median, state police said. The Honda struck the rear of a construction vehicle which was stationary in the center median.

New Lenox Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. Bannon and two passengers, 21-year-old Jenna Bianco and 22-year-old James Vacek, were pronounced dead on the scene.

Bannon and Bianco were wearing their seatbelts, state police said. Vacek was not wearing his seatbelt. State police said weather was not a factor in the crash, but it was unknown if any other factors played a role. Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash.

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  • Andrew

    So sad that this happened so close to the holidays. The construction company should be held liable. They need to move their vehicles when not in use. I came through there today and two of their trucks were partially in the right lane with nothing to divert traffic around them

    • Jim Hamilton

      @ Andrew Why hold the construction company liable when the guy run off the road into the median and if you cant see big equipment on the road and drive carefully then thats not the construction companies fault either. They haul those trucks and special equipment hundreds of miles to fix your infrastructure, they have no placee to take it to other than leave them at the site, you want them to haul them back and fourth every day, driving up the cost, lowering the work time, extending drive time and fuel costs, need I go on?

      Are you in a union by chance

      • Roberta Waker

        Please don’t insult union members – they would side with the construction company. This equipment was not moving so I don’t know how Andrew can think that a parked object of any kind is liable for anything. Drivers are expected to be alert and have control of their vehicles at all times to avoid accidents; something Andrew is obviously not aware of. There is common sense and logic, then there is stupidity. I hope they can eventually tell us WHY he lost control because SOMETHING had to cause this accident.

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