Saturday Crash Update: One Dead

A Saturday afternoon crash killed Ronald Oswald of Minooka and sent five others to area hospitals.

Updated at 6 p.m. July 15


A Minooka man was killed in a Saturday afternoon wreck that sent five other people to area hospitals.

Motorcyclist Ronald Oswald, 57, of Minooka, died at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora following the crash at Route 126 and County Line Road.

The 2:30 p.m. collision involved a Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle, a Nissan Altima and the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Martez Malone said the car was about to turn south on County Line Road from westbound Route 126 when it was struck from behind by the SUV. The impact forced the car into the eastbound lane, where it struck Oswald's motorcycle.

Six ambulances transported victims to three area hospitals following the crash, according to Deputy Chief Jon Stratton.

A family of four riding in the Nissan — a mother, father, infant and a toddler — had to be extricated from the vehicle and were taken to Silver Cross Hospital. The father and the two children were listed in serious condition following the crash, while the mother was in critical condition.

"She had some pretty extensive injuries — I don't believe life threatening, though," Stratton said.

The driver of the Durango, who was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Stratton said the SUV rolled over several times during the crash. 

assisted state troopers in handling traffic in the wake of the wreck.

On Sunday, Malone said the cause of the crash remained undetermined.

Brandon July 15, 2012 at 09:20 PM
It makes me very ad to hear of any injuries, or loss of life because of an accident. We don't know for sure why it happened, but the loss is still the same. -Yes, I think they need a light there. In over 25 years, I have seen many accidents there. -No. lights won't stop all accidents, but it does make people be pay more attention if they think they may have to stop. On this part of 126, it's easy to get trapped in the "open road" syndrome when you finally get to go 55 after traveling through the congested Plainfield area. A light and left turn lanes there would make it safer for everyone. Anyone who complains about having to stop to much, doesn't care about making things safer. Hopefully they will never have to learn first hand how important safety is. We can try to convince people to stop doing distracted things while driving, but a light will help save lives.
Jeffrey S. Duncan July 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Laura, I was with Ron at the accident scene. I talked to him and encouraged him to fight, to hang on that help was on the way. I felt very helpless. I wish I could have done more. I am also a member of the Warrior Watch Riders. Big Luv is my riding name.
Brenda Tallman-Procarione July 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Laura, you know your dad was one of my best friends and he was also not only one of, but THE safest rider I've ever known. When I bought my first bike he personally took me out riding, just the two of us, to make sure I had the skills needed before we rode in a group. This is a sensless tragedy. Donna, I pray that everyone in your family turns out okay from this too, my prayers are with you and them. So that being said people, helmet or no helmet, stoplight or no stoplight, the fact of the matter is that Ron and the family in the car are innocent people who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one at this point knows why the guy in the Durango didnt see the car stopped. But I pray that this gets investigated to its fullest. And I promise that with all of the motorcycle safe groups that Ron was a memeber of, it will be. Ron, love ya buddy RIP and miss you, big hugs!!! <3
Plainfield Ind July 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Brandon - where did you get the information that stoplights make people pay more attention? Was this from a study or just your own opinion? There are many thriving red light camera companies which would make me think otherwise. If stoplights made people pay more attention then the red light camera companies would be out of business. You also said anyone who complains about having to stop too much doesn't care about safety. I care about safety alot. I don't need a red light for my own safety. Common sense, defenisve driving, and attention go much further than a million dollar red light. Is your opinion the same of motorcyclists who don't wear a helmet? Do they not care about safety if no helmet is worn?
Jodi Waldron July 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I don't know what UP10 said but a helmet doesn't mean you will survive. I personally do not wear one. I think in Rons case, it wouldn't have mattered. I sure hope anyone with insensitive comments, like I'm assuming theirs was, will keep them to themselves. there is enough suffering going on right now. They have no idea. I knew him and am heartbroke.
bearsluvr July 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Thank-you T-Bone! I wish people would stop being so insensitive when there are victims families on here. May Mr. Oswald R.I.P. and my sympathies go out to his daughter and family. I pray the family injured in the SUV recovers fully and quickly!
Kathy and Steve Hines July 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Laura, this is Aunt Kathy. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know if your dad had had a helmet it would have not made a difference, I will see all of you at the service for your father. I just want you to know your sisters and brothers are in thoughts and prayers. peace be with your father.
David A Miller Sr July 16, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I quit going that way for this very same reason. Maybe something will finially be done here, and yes, there is a curve Clutche... drive it sometime and you'll see it.
Carol Andel July 16, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I went to high school with Ron Oswald, who was a great person. He was a member of Fallen Angels. He would meet the bodies of fallen soldiers at area airports and escort the body to the funeral home and stand guard overlooking the them. His death is such a loss and will be missed by many.
concernedresident July 16, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Instead of the village working with Civic Artworks to see what our feelings are about Route 59, why not consider all that is being said here? This is a terrible accident at a terrible intersection. Myself and many others who have posted comments on this page have seen firsthand that there is something terribly wrong with this intersection and many other remote Western crossings. Come on village open your eyes, I don't care what 59 looks like I do care about the lives of our residents. Do the right thing and respond to this terrible tragedy.
mike July 16, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I'm sure when all is said and done we will find out the SUV? was texting and never saw the car turning. If this is the case should be charged and sent to jail for a long time. I'm sick and tired when I'm driving seeing many drivers texting while driving.
Plainfield Ind July 16, 2012 at 03:48 AM
@concerned resident - This intersection is not part of the incorporated limits of the Village of Plainfield. This intersection is not their responsibility. This would fall under the jurisdiction of IDOT and maybe will and kendall counties. How would you like the people responsible for the jurisdiction of this roadway to respond? There's nothing wrong with the intersection. It's more about the gross lack of attention to driving a vehicle. What about the other motorcyclist that was killed on Route 59 near 143rd where the vehicle went into oncoming traffic? Do you expect 10 foot concrete walls to be constructed in all the medians so a vehicle can't enter into oncoming traffic? This is a tragic accident but spending millions in walls, signs, and stop lights are not the perfect answer and complete fix to bad drivers.
Mark July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM
If nothing else a turn lane for west bounders that can hold a half dozen cars or so. How much can that cost? How many now? Just in the cost of police to respond a turn lane could have been in by now.
Logansdad July 16, 2012 at 01:18 PM
There needs to be a traffic light and a turning lanes at that intersection. I think Rte 126 and County line is busier than some of the other Rte 126 intersections that have a traffic light.
Kathy Kohler July 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
It's sometimes good to be passionate and share your thoughts about "who" or "what" is responsible although bottom line; accidents are just that - accidents. Of coarse, we all want safe roads and constructive comments are a good thing. Bicker back n forth via posts ... well maybe not so much. My condolences to the families and their loss.
Kathy Kohler July 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Sorry for the loss of your friend :-(
Kbell July 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM
From what I have heard it is very hard to get a stop light installed. Lot's of $ and time. They are finally getting the 2nd light near Waubonsee Community College after a lot of time and effort on many different ends. It's sad that it takes so many tragedies for something positive to happen. I agree people should be more careful but remember you have your life in your hands everytime you drive. Not only do you have to protect yourself but you have to watch out for other's. It's scary. Thoughts and prayers to the families involved.
Deb July 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I live not far from that area andit has taken the lives of many people some i have known just a few weeks ago it was High School Grads. And we have been asking for a light to be put in for 18 years . These acciidents are happening because of many reason Speed is one and not paying Attention is another but mostly Speed This is a street that alot of Left turns take place and because it is not patroled enough i noticed that there is alot of speeding so i take different ways to go home i refuse to drive on that road but if something were to happen to one of my family members i would hold several counties responsible and i would do my research
Thomas Christy July 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I met Ron numerous times on Warriors Watch Missions. He looked liked he loved being there for our soldiers. He will truly be missed by all his family and friends. May RON rest in peace. GOD BLESS
Thomas Christy July 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I'm very sorry for your loss,may your father rest in peace. I've met your father many times on Warriors Watch Missions,and he looked so very happy to honor all those Soldiers. He was a very proud man,he will be missed very much by his family and all the people he made friends with. GOD BLESS
charlies angel July 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I'm not sure if this is bickering on here. I think everyone has a heart and feels bad for everyone involved and this is why were trying suggestions to prevent more accidents. I know for a fact here in Channahon it took us years to get a few stoplights on bell & 6, 6 & Mckinley woods and finally we're suppose to get one that is badly needed in front of the high school on rt 6. It seems accidents are down. Not doing one thing is a for sure thing but it helps. I'll probably tick off alot of people on this one but I feel the speed limit should be lowered everywhere. Why do we feel the need for speed? It scares me because I have a 19 yr old on the road and a 16 yr old that is new to driving. I know we can't prevent everything from happening but we can try different options. Also if we don't speak and just sit back would anything get done? How much money does it cost for a stoplight? How much money did it cost for rod blagovich's signs to be put up on tollways? just a thought.
B July 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Liberty Grove tried to get a light put at the intersection of 126 & Meadow. I believe the answer was it is a state highway and not up to Plainfield.
Jodi Waldron July 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I'm Plainfield, born and raised. I know 126. Westbound, before Countyline Road, there is a slight curve (it is covered up on the map by "126"). A SLIGHT curve. I drove it today. I left some flowers for my dear friend, Ron, who lost his life there. I paid attention and could see the intersection clearly. (Key words, PAID ATTENTION) To me, I had plenty of time to slow down, if there had been a car stopped to turn left. I did so myself. The car behind me had no problem slowing and stopping. I agree, tho, that it is a bad intersection, always has been. My daughter uses it all the time to go to Oswego. Scares me. Sure, it needs a light. So does Oswego Road and 126, Schlapp Road and 126............. That being said, I think the lives of the people involved are more important. I lost a dear friend there (God bless him), there is a family of 4 that were hurt there. Familys have been effected by this guy who simply wasn't paying attention for some reason we may never know. Just please pray for all the families and friends and for the ones involved. Thats all.
Tim Bragg July 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Ron my Brother you will always be in my Heart Tim from WV !
Tim Bragg July 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I will miss my brother !
Kathy Kohler July 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I agree Nancy ...I have 4 children (all now adults) and completely understand!
Jodi Waldron July 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well said, Mom of Teens. Well said.
Jodi Waldron July 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. To be honest, I am speechless and can't find any words to properly comfort you and your family. You know I knew your dad. I loved him dearly. I am crushed. He was THE safest rider I've ever ridden with, never ever did I feel at risk. We all have lost a great guy and a dedicated friend. I love you all and am sending loving thoughts and prayers to you.
bob July 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
i have rode with ron a few times in the past years ... ive been to his house when he lived in joliet ... he was a great man ... and yes .. he was a great rider... ive only met his daughetr.. but id like to say to her and the rest of his family... im really sorry for your loss... ron left a big impression on me .. you just know good people when you meet them.. what a heart that man had ... R.I.P. RON...... i have to say also to all the people arguing about lights speeding etc... you see this everyday.. while driving.. it has gotten out of hand ... the way people drive ... cell phones need to be gone .. eyes need to be on the road .... the price paid isnt worth it ... that kid in the durango was charged with D.U.I.... he should do life in prison.... anyway... again.. a great man was lost.... ill always remember him...
Tom and Gina Prad July 23, 2012 at 07:05 PM
R I P Buddy, you will be missed and not forgotten, Porkchop


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