On April 30, 2016, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Jeffery Komada, 54, was driving on I-294 when he he came upon a minivan stalled in the middle lane of the highway. He stopped on the Tri-State Tollway to assist a woman with a flat tire. Mr. Komada’s Honda CRV struck the back of the minivan. He had exited the CRV when it was struck from behind by a Volkswagen Tiguan. He was outside of his car when a tractor-trailer crashed into him, the CRV and the Volkswagen.
Mr. Komada was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash.
Police said Saturday that no tickets had been issued and the incident is under investigation. Police did not say whether the mother and her child were injured.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.