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Man Killed in I-55 Crash Near Channahon

The driver was struck from behind and pushed into a semi-truck that was in front of him, reports said.

An Arlington Heights man whose car was struck from behind on Interstate 55 near Channahon died Wednesday afternoon at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

John R. Hoeppel, 61, was declared dead at 4:01 p.m.

The Illinois State Police, which is handling the investigation, said the driver of the car that caused the accident was southbound and had just crested it a hill near the Interstate 80 interchange, according to a Sun-Times Media Wire story. He could not slow down to avoid striking the rear of Hoeppel's car.

The impact from the collision pushed Hoeppel's car under a semi-truck in front of him, the story said. The first car flipped over and struck another vehicle, the story said.

The driver of the first car, whose name was not released, sustained non-life-threatening injuries for which he was treated at Presence St. Joseph. He was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, the Sun-Times Media story said.

The Illinois State Police is investigating the crash and will reconstruct the scene, the coroner's office said. An autopsy on Hoeppel will be conducted Wednesday.
Herc July 25, 2013 at 05:48 PM
@none, don't you know their under so much pressure they need to retire when their 50! (sarcasm) This is why people don't respect the cops. That man should be fired for not doing his job, and I don't care if he was off duty.
JLO July 25, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I am going to contact the family and give them his squad car # and the date and time I was following him.... I'd be glad to testify against him for he is guilty of depraved indifference-- which is a crime.
towny1234 July 26, 2013 at 08:22 AM
no offense JLO but if you were so concerned about the individual, why did you continue driving on as well? Agree that the officer should have stopped, but if I were the family and you contacted me, I would want to know why you didn't stop to help.
JLO July 27, 2013 at 09:08 AM
1 ) I called 911 who told me to NOT get out of my vehicle on the northbound side as that could possibly lead to another accident 2 ) I'm not trained professional first responder.
Pamela Pitts Ostapkowicz August 02, 2013 at 02:16 PM
JLO... Isn't it funny how they have a different set of rules... Medical personnel have to stop. I feel he has a moral obligation to stop!!!!! I have stopped at several accidents to make sure the victims were OK and have stayed until help arrived. Shame on him!

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