Additional Details Regarding The February 16, 2017 Fatal Des Plaines Car Crash

Because of its nature, street racing and other “high-speed driving” often leads to “bad accidents” and accompanying serious injuries.  In recent years, many Chicago-area accidents that have involved such negligent and reckless high-speed driving have led to fatalities.

In the post titled “Fatal 3-Car Collision In Des Plaines” a February 16, 2017 car crash in Des Plaines that led to four deaths was summarized.  At that time, it was apparent that one of the cars involved in the collision was traveling at a high rate of speed immediately before the crash.

As is common in car accidents – especially those that include fatalities – a thorough accident investigation, which often includes a traffic crash reconstruction – is conducted.  Due to the nature of these investigations, they can take a considerable amount of time before such final investigation findings are released.

Crash investigation findings concerning the Des Plaines crash mentioned above have been released.  The findings are summarized in the April 13 Daily Herald article titled “Police:  Mercedes was going 135 mph in fatal Northwest Highway crash.”

Two excerpts from that article:

The driver of a Mercedes-Benz was traveling about 135 mph when the vehicle struck and killed three Arlington Heights family members, according to details of a Des Plaines police investigation released Wednesday.


Meanwhile, the 26-year-old passenger in the Mercedes-Benz has survived the crash with a traumatic brain injury. Last week, detectives talked to the Des Plaines man at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where he’s remained since the crash, but the interview did not produce information.

The article states that toxicology results from the deceased driver (Piotr Rog, 21) are to be forthcoming, and such results will determine if impairment due to drugs or alcohol may have contributed to the fatal crash.

Additional details regarding this fatal high-speed driving accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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