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Fatal “Wrong-Way Driver” Collision On Tri-State Tollway

There was a fatal “wrong-way driver” accident early Sunday morning (September 13, 2015) on the Tri-State Tollway near Hillside.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 3:45 a.m.  The accident occurred after a female driving a Toyota Camry southbound in the northbound lanes struck a Dodge Neon “head on.”  After this initial “head on” collision, the Camry spun and hit a Chevy pickup truck.

A passenger in the Dodge Neon, identified as Steven Smith, 27, of Chicago Ridge, was declared dead at the accident scene.  Smith was an off-duty Chicago Ridge police officer.

The driver of the Neon, said to be Smith’s cousin, suffered injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The driver of the Camry was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured in the collision.

As of Sunday evening, no charges had yet been announced regarding this “wrong-way driver” collision.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 13, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with remembrances) titled “Off-duty Chicago Ridge officer killed Sunday in wrong-way Tri-State crash” as well as the September 13 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Police:  1 dead after wrong-way crash on I-294 at Cermak Plaza.”

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