Four-vehicle crash in Elmhurst leaves Itasca man dead

Oswego Police are warning people to avoid the area around the 400 block of Blue Ridge Drive after receiving a report of individuals damaging windows and vehicles and possibly waving a gun.

One driver is dead and another driver was injured in a four-vehicle crash Feb. 29 in Elmhurst.

Elmhurst officials said the crash occurred about 7 p.m. on St. Charles Road between Argyle and Mitchell avenues.

Authorities said a 20-year-old Itasca man driving an Infiniti sedan was killed in the crash when he clipped an Acura sedan and collided head-on with a Toyota minivan. Debris from the crash also struck a Lexus SUV.

The Itasca man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. The two other drivers were uninjured.

Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the Infiniti was involved in a collision elsewhere and was fleeing from that scene. The driver of the other vehicle began pursuing the Infiniti, police said.

Authorities said the Infiniti driver headed north on Route 83 from Oakbrook Terrace before turning onto eastbound St. Charles Road. Police said the Infiniti driver was speeding at the time of the crash when he tried to pass the Acura also headed east and collided with the Toyota traveling west.

Police officials said they are investigating whether intoxication “may have contributed” to the crash. The Infiniti driver’s identity is being withheld until family members are notified. The crash remains under investigation.

Jake Griffin Daily Herald Media Group

Jake Griffin is the assistant managing editor for watchdog reporting at the Daily Herald