CHICAGO | A wrong-way driver killed a Dolton man on the Bishop Ford Freeway early Monday morning in an alcohol-related head-on collision, forcing the closure of all inbound lanes there for five hours., police said.
According to Illinois State Police, about 4:30 a.m., a 24-year-old driver from Chicago's South Side entered the inbound lanes of the expressway at 115th Street going in the opposite direction in a black 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The driver struck a black 2003 Honda Accord at 120th Street, killing the driver of that vehicle.
Ronnie Head, 54, of the 15700 block of South Dobson Avenue in Dolton, was pronounced dead at the scene, a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
The driver of the Malibu was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. According to Master Sgt. Jason LoCoco of the Illinois State Police, the driver was in serious to critical condition Monday afternoon.
LoCoco said the wrong-way driver and Head were the only occupants of their vehicles.
Head's Honda struck a semitrailer after it was hit head-on by the wrong-way driver, LoCoco said, causing damage to the trailer. The 28-year-old Tennessee man driving the semi was not injured in the crash.
The crash forced the closure of all inbound lanes of traffic for five hours, causing traffic to back up to Interstate 80.
The accident followed an earlier, unrelated fatal crash on the inbound Bishop Ford that killed a Chicago man. At 3:02 a.m., Darius Raheem, 23, of the 1900 block of West Pryor Avenue, was alone in his vehicle when he veered off the road for an unknown reason and struck a tree near 154th Street.
Trooper O. Usmas-Aliu said there were no witnesses to the crash and Raheem was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Cook County medical examiner's office was scheduled to perform autopsies on Raheem and Head sometime Monday.