Car flips over after driver allegedly attempts to flee accident in Oak Park


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Police responded to the scene of an accident June 2 at the intersection of Chicago and Harvey around 5 p.m. The driver of a Chevy Trailblazer allegedly hit a Ford Escape in the first block of Chicago Avenue going westbound. As he allegedly fled the scene of the accident, police said he veered into the eastbound lane and sideswiped a Chrysler before bashing into a village-owned fence on the northwest corner of Harvey and came to rest on its roof.

Police arrested the driver, Benjamin E. Bailey, 36, of the 900 block of Mayfield, Chicago and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, traffic violations and damage to village property. Bailey was transported with injuries to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

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Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 4:20 PM

I'm not saying the intersection shouldn't be looked in to, but the driver did, allegedly, flee the scene of a crime. That says something about the driver, and his temperament, which effects his driving. That may be more of a factor than the intersection itself.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 4:16 PM

Chicago has problems but they do attempt to protect pedestrians safety. Every street even high volume ones like Austin north of North Ave. have painted pedestrian crossing lines. Not everyone honors the signs but most do. It is not rare to see cops giving tickets when people do not stop for pedestrians in the roadway. When I first moved here the traffic was lighter and the respect drivers had for pedestrian greater. When times change so should enforcement!


Posted: June 4th, 2013 3:52 PM

I have seen a great many daredevil moves on the little side alleys on Oak Park Avenue, too. Many's the time I have nearly choked to death on my frozen custard witnessing some 'cabbie death manuever' from the old post ofice location or in the alleyway separating the laundromat from a public parking lot. Good times. Proceed with caution sauntering parents with small children!


Posted: June 4th, 2013 3:09 PM

@theresa-Agreed, but there is little chance a stop sign will be put 1 block west of an existing stoplight. Short-term solution would be to prevent parking on Lake within 50ft of the Humphrey intersection to allow better sightlines.

drives_with_child from oak park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 2:34 PM

Iggie - I see more bad driver behavior on Chicago Ave than anywhere in OP except on Austin Blvd. It's as if that street is in a different dimension or something.

Iggie from Oak Park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 1:01 PM

All intersections are death traps in Oak Park. Harvey and Chicago has signs in the traffic lanes that state law requires cars to stop for pedestrians. Want to guess how many do? Police need to set up a sting operation there, it would certainly increase revenue. Not only can you not see with all the cars parked but, step off the curb and watch out for cars going around cars turning to aim right at you, you have to jump back on the curb. Courtesy is a thing of the past.

Jeff from Oak Park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 12:48 PM

While improving the road situation is important, I think the issues in this hit and run case go beyond normal traffic safety issues. This is more of a criminal driver issue. You wonder what else he was up to prior to this.

theresa from oak park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 12:12 PM

the intersection of Humphrey and Lake is an accident waiting to happen, and is only going to get worse when the gymnastics center opens. it is a two way stop at the moment but really needs to be a 4 way


Posted: June 4th, 2013 11:28 AM

dwc-Still agree with you. The problem is that NB/SB vehicles are required to stop almost 2 car lengths from where the Chicago traffic passes. That's alot of space, which requires drivers to pull beyond the corsswalk and into the bike lane to see traffic. The only solution I can see is to maybe put a stopsign in at Lombard to provide at least one safer means for traffic to cross. This might also have the residual effect of slowing down the traffic on Chicago.

drives_with_child from oak park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 11:14 AM

muntz - I'm talking about the lack of visibility of east-west traffic that north-south drivers have to deal with when they attempt to cross Chicago. I don't know how it should be fixed, but it's broken.


Posted: June 4th, 2013 11:07 AM

dwc-I agree. Although the curbing prevents cars from parking too close to the corner (which helps), you can't do bump-outs to improve pedestrian visibility due to the bike path on Chicago. But the brick-paved corners sure look nice!

drives_with_child from oak park  

Posted: June 4th, 2013 10:38 AM

Every north-south cross-street that crosses Chicago between Ridgeland and Austin is an accident waiting to happen. Urban design fail.

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