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“Wrong-Way” Driver On Chicago’s Stevenson Expressway Drives 6 Miles, Then Crashes “Head-On” Into Another Car

Early Friday morning, a Chicago car accident happened when a “wrong-way” driver drove 6 miles on the Stevenson Expressway before crashing head-on into a car on the ramp to Lake Shore Drive.

The “wrong-way” driver, Rakesh Baker, 23, of Chicago, has been charged with DUI.

It is unclear as to when Baker started driving the wrong way; however, motorists started reporting him driving inbound at a high rate of speed in the outbound lanes at 3:07 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.

At approximately 3:15 a.m., his 2008 Jeep Liberty, which he was driving at a high rate of speed, hit a woman, Bessie Postles, 25, “head on” on the Lake Shore Drive ramp. Postles was driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla.


According to the Chicago Fire Department, both drivers were taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. However, their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening.

According to the Illinois State Police, in addition to being charged with DUI, Baker was cited for driving the wrong way, failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the February 3 myFoxchicago.com article titled “DUI Charges as Wrong-Way Driver Goes 6 Miles on Stevenson, Crashes” as well as the February 3 Chicago Tribune article titled “DUI charges for wrong-way driver after collision on Stevenson ramp.”

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