Plainfield Man Struck, Killed on I-55 Near Joliet

The Illinois State Police are investigating; information on why 22-year-old Ryan Knudsen was walking on the highway has not been released.

A 22-year-old Plainfield man walking in the northbound lane of Interstate 55, just north of the U.S. 30 Joliet/Plainfield exit, died Sunday morning after being struck by two vehicles, an Illinois State Police District 5 news release said.

The victim has been identified as Ryan Knudsen, of 23925 Chicago St., a state police spokesman said Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:10 a.m., according to the Will County Coroner's Office, and an autopsy will be conducted Monday.

The accident occurred at about 5:20 a.m. when a 2005 Freightliner semi-tractor-trailer struck Knudsen in the right lane, the release said. The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry was behind the truck and struck the victim a second time, the release said.

An investigation is ongoing and no information has been released about why Knudsen may have been on the roadway. No tickets have been issued.

Robert d October 16, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Ryan was a really good friend of mine an to read half the bs on here makes me sick!!! Friends don't make stupid remarks about a loved one they lost... Ryan you will be miss an loved by your true friends a family!!! Never forgotten brother..
Sally1982 October 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Sorry I really didn't mean to offend anyone in any way I have lost a child and once this happens to you everything changes and when something as horrible as this happens you want people to know why and how and hopefully this helps prevent it from happening again then my words did good and I'm am so sorry if it really hurt anyone
Mayhem October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Again, debating here is simply insensative. please just keep the family in mind.
Infamous Steve October 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
That is always a option when left to speculate what happened. Does not take much o jump in front of a semi...and you are pretty much going to die.
Infamous Steve October 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thank you Sally....don't like? Don't read!
Infamous Steve October 16, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Just so everyone knows...according to State police reports he jumped in front of the truck before the driver had time to stop. Believe it or don't I really don't care. Oh, I see someone didn't like my last comment lol.
Miguel Delgado October 16, 2012 at 04:24 PM
And for the family members can u please let us at Mickey O'niell's know when his service will be, so that the people who have respect can pay pur respects to his family.. thank you.
N B October 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
This is my 2nd cousin and I think it's really f***** up for people to put so much negative comments on a death announcement. Regardless of what you think nobody knows so shut your mouth. His grandmother is my aunt and I hope she never sees some of these ignorant remarks, myob people.
Tim October 16, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I had a friend commit suicide when I was 19, and all of us who were his friends had to deal with the same nonsense from the 'older' generation that is being perpetuated here. Keep quiet... show respect... etc. Not talking about the facts, is not going to make him come back. In fact, as I have grown older, we have all recognized that NOT talking about it, causes the same stigma that leads to this situation for those grappling with the same issues. It leads to further feelings of isolation that actually accelerate the downward spiral. Talking about it in the open gives others the impression that they are NOT alone, and gives a little bit of hope that they can overcome their own worst thoughts. That they do not have to feel embarrassed by those who perpetuate the stigma in their demands for 'silence', and who somehow think not talking about reality is somehow respectful in any way whatsoever. I have no intention of apologizing for my remarks, to those who see no problem continuing the same 'keep quiet' garbage that they were taught, and that does much, much more harm than good. You don't want to talk about it? Fine, then you don't talk about it, but you are in no way going to make me pretend that ignoring reality is actually good for anybody or that it is somehow disrespectful to talk about the realities of the human condition.
plainfield patch member October 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Do some of you not realize, that he has a family that cares about him? And these people, who just lost a son/ brother will see these rude, senseless and insensitive things that some of you are saying. How would you feel if that was your child or brother or family member? Seriously, why would you want to cause this family even more grief, if you are going to comment, please keep it appropriate.
PlainfieldPatch Member October 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Do some of you not realize, that he has a family that cares about him? And these people, who just lost a son/ brother will see these rude, senseless and insensitive things that some of you are saying. How would you feel if that was your child or brother or family member? Seriously, why would you want to cause this family even more grief, if you are going to comment, please keep it appropriate. Even more, please keep all comments to yourself regarding you 'theory' on how he died. If you do not have anything nice to say to this suffering family, then don't bother saying anything at all.
OMG October 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
First of all, this is not a death announcement. This is a newspaper article about a man who was killed on I55. All of the family and friends that are upset with the comments shouldn't read them then. Is it stupid to walk on a busy highway? Yes! Did he commit suicide? Who knows? But it happens and it doesn't make him or anyone else that has commited suicide bad people. These are everyone's opinions. If you can't handle it then don't read it!
Tim October 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Police reports are not usually 'theories'. They contain statements from witnesses who have absolutely no reason to lie. Obviously, this has not been stated enough - The only person you have any control over, and what they talk about, is you. If you would like to join the discussion about a serious topic, feel free to at any time. I've had a friend commit suicide, and I know that freely talking about it is how some people choose to deal with it, and I want to make it known to anyone that wants to talk about it in this forum to feel that they are freely able to, without restriction, or feel that they will be scolded for doing so. It makes them feel less isolated, and it stops the attempt to perpetuate a stigma that has persisted for much to long. If this is not how you feel, then you are not the audience my words are meant for. I understand that you have certain feelings on this subject, and will probably lash out because of the discomfort it causes you, but that is exactly what needs to be changed. Being silent about the human condition has never solved anything, although the reaction is expected in the older generation. If change is ever to happen, this attitude of silence needs to be reversed into one of discussion.
colleen plucinski October 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM
My prayers and condolences to all of Ryan's family and friends. I do have a question though. If he really did post it on fb that he was going to die on his birthday why wouldn't any of his friends who saw it ask him about why he posted it. Just sayin..
lala October 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
My prayers to the family of Ryan Knudsen. Please keep in mind that Ryan was someones child. Perhaps even someones brother, uncle and grandson. People are mourning him and people posting comments need to be sensitive to that. @Nancy - your attempts at being funny are cruel. I hope you never have to walk in the shoes his family is wearing right now. @Infamous Steve - why do you assume he was drunk? Perhaps his car broke down? Did you actually see the police report that stated he jumped in front of the truck? @Tim - I too have lost a friend to suicide. I agree there should not be a stigma attached. Despondent people need to know their feelings are nothing to be ashamed of and help is available.
Someone October 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The Patch is a Publication where we can voice our opinions... These are all replies to an article above.. not an obituary or memoriam page of the victim. Yes , I have kids his age and I could not imagine the pain his family is going through. We are a society that needs answers whether you want to admit it or not. My point is we all have a right to voice our Opinion rude or not. Whether it was an accident, suicide or drugs I will talk to my kids about this. My thoughts go out to the drivers as well. They will be emotionally scarred for life! Imagine how hard it must be to know that you just killed someone. Being under investigation, the family might blame you, self guilt?
Andrea Dial October 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Ryan was my buddy. His stories cracked me up. I probably lectured him more than I should have, but what can I say, my daughter is only 4 years younger than he was. He always won our dance offs @ Mickey O'Neill's... no one could do the pump better than him!!!! He was my number 1 arts & crafts guy, secretly I know he loved it. He was a good soul & would do anything for you. My thoughts & blessings go out to his family & friends. My heart aches for you all. My heart aches for my buddy, Ryan. I will truly miss you & feel blessed that you came into my life.
lala October 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Might blame who?
Paulette October 17, 2012 at 07:53 PM
This is a tragedy. Friends should always have the back of their other friends. Where were his friends? Why did this happen? Condolences to the family.
Jen October 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM
My thoughts are with Ryan's family at this time, and I hope they are able to cope and have enough time to grieve. Ryan was a good guy - and although I hadn't seen him in probably 2 years, I know he's probably the same sweet and fun guy he used to be. R.I.P Ryan, I know you'll be missed.
Cj October 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
My buddy is scarred!!!! He will never be the same..he is just beyond emotions and driving was everything to him and I believe he is done.My sympathy to Ryan's family and friends,I can't imagine what your going through. Cj
Ryan's Sister October 18, 2012 at 06:23 AM
This was my brother. As far as I`ve been told, he probably was drunk. But he was also depressed and really upset with where he was in his life. Therefore he stormed off on the people who cared about him and made a rash decision to end his own life. Or his behavior points that way, anyway. And to all those who feel it necessary to post negative comments on this story, keep in mind that his family is reading them, and you are really only making the cuts that this tragedy caused even deeper.
Ryan's Sister October 18, 2012 at 06:27 AM
He posted it at 4:30ish in the morning, a mere hour before the deed was done. Therefore most of his friends were either asleep or simply not on Facebook.
Gabrielle Bradley October 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
This was my cousin, it was his birthday, so please, Infamous Steve, have respect.
Gabrielle Bradley October 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Once again, please have respect for him, he was my cousin, he was a person and it was his birthday. Don't forget that only 5 days ago, he was still alive and breathing like you are.
Gabrielle Bradley October 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This man was my cousin, so as my girl said, remember, his loved ones are reading this, have a heart and please, be human for a day.
Gabrielle Bradley October 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM
His visitation is tomorrow 2 pm-7:30 pm, at which his service will be held at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, in Joliet.
Tom Harper October 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Where was he the night before ? Where was his car? Was it working?
pd October 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I, too, know one of the drivers involved in this tragic accident very well. It is just as difficult for the drivers as it is for the family-- yes, they may still be alive, but they have to relive that accident every day for the rest of their lives. Imagine the pain they suffer trying to think of ANY way they could have avoided colliding with Ryan that fateful morning. Nothing can bring Ryan back, and for that, I am truly sorry, but let us all pray for all three involved-- Ryan and the two drivers. I know they could all use our prayers and words of support.
Tracy Kelley November 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM
My son knew Ryan. Ryan had been at our house many times over the years. I always enjoyed his fantastic smile and friendly manners. To Ryan's family. I just heard about his fate today. May you find peace somehow and I truly wish I knew how to help you with that. God bless you.


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