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4 Dead In Wrong-Way Car Accident On I-80 In Hazel Crest, Illinois

This morning, four people died in a fatal car accident on Interstate 80 in Hazel Crest, Illinois.

There are some differences in the various news accounts with regard to details regarding the accident. However, here are various details being widely reported:

Alcohol is thought to have been a factor in the accident.

The accident involved 2 cars; one car was driving the wrong direction on the westbound lanes of I-80, near Kedzie Avenue, at the time of the accident.

The wrong-way driver was driving a beige Infiniti sedan, with three passengers, at approximately 2:30 a.m., when the accident happened.

According to a February 6 CBS Chicago article titled “4 Killed On I-80 When Wrong-Way Driver Hits Car Head-On” :

Police said the driver, Gustavo Vargas, 29, of Berwyn, had just left the Skybox gentlemen’s club in Harvey with his three passengers. He wanted to turn around and go eastbound on I-80 instead of westbound, after reaching a median cut-through intended for emergency vehicles. Instead of getting into the eastbound lanes, he made a three-point turn and began heading the wrong way.

The Infiniti Vargas was driving then collided with another car. Vargas and two passengers in the car were killed during the accident. The two passengers killed were Jorge Pina, 27, of Chicago, and Armando Ruiz, 29, of Berwyn.

According to police, another passenger, Eduardo Rodriguez, 31, of Chicago, was taken in fair condition to Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center.


The driver of the other car was identified as Jason Wepsiec, 35, of Joliet. He is thought to have died upon impact. Wepsiec was driving a 1999 Ford Escort station wagon.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the CBS Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the February 6 The Republic article titled “4 people killed in accident involving vehicle going wrong way on Interstate 80.”

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