UPDATE: Oswego Man Died Friday Morning in Route 126 Crash

Yorkville police suspect alcohol was a factor.

A 24-year-old Oswego resident died after he was thrown from his Chevrolet Equinox about 1:10 a.m. Friday on Route 126 west of Route 71, Yorkville police said.

Marco Reyes, of Ridgefield Way, was headed east on Route 126 before the curve near Identa Road when the vehicle went to the right, overcorrected, crossed Route 126, hit a culvert and rolled, police said. The vehicle came to rest upside-down.

Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found beer bottles and containers, including at least one that was partially full, and Reyes had a strong odor of alcohol about him, Yorkville Deputy Police Chief Donald Schwartzkopf said.

Passersby came upon the accident and called police. Police have found no witnesses to the accident, Schwartzkopf said.

This is the fourth fatal accident along Route 126 this summer - and the second this week.

Robert James Jr., 63, of Yorkville, was driving east on Route 126 between County Line and Ridge roads shortly before 6 a.m. Monday when his four-door Mercury crossed into the westbound lane, hitting a box truck. State police said the driver of the truck attempted to avoid the Mercury but couldn’t, and wound up striking an eastbound Kia.

James was extricated and taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

On June 4, three former students died when their at Route 126 and Schlapp Road near Oswego.

Plainfield residents Brian Herrera and Tyler Montgomery, both 19, were pronounced dead at the scene. Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center, where she was also pronounced dead.

Just more than a month later, motorcyclist went a Dodge Durango SUV struck a smaller vehicle at westbound Route 126 and County Line Road.

The impact forced the car into the eastbound lane, where it struck Oswald, a 57-year-old member of Will County ABATE and the Warriors Watch Riders.

The family riding in the car — a mother, father, infant and toddler — were extricated from the vehicle and taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

The driver of the Durango, 24-year-old in the fatal July 14 crash.

Ray September 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Oh boy another wreck. Lets all call our congressman and ask for more stop signs and stop lights. Maybe a drive through liquor store will help too.
Jennifer Milkeris September 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I couldn't not agree with you more!!! WELL SAID!!
Megan September 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Thank goodness no one else was involved.
Tim September 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
You swerved a vehicle that weighs a few thousand pounds, into the oncoming traffic lane, to avoid a 20-25lb animal running in the road? Sounds like YOU are the one we need to watch out for. You need to take some driving classes if you think what you did was an appropriate response to the situation. Next time that happens, and it will, you better hit the animal. You don't swerve your vehicle into the oncoming traffic lane.
Olddeegee September 14, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Lights and lower speed limits. Anybody can take "personal responsibility", but if someone drives head on into you the only thing that could have saved you is better preventative methods. Step up police activity and increase lighting on this increasingly traveled road.
Brian September 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Don't say step up police activity or we'll be stuck with another stupid seatbelt checkpoint for "$afety".
P-Ville Lifer September 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
When I took my motorcycle riding class for my endorsement we did a lesson called "squishable or non-squishable" when something runs out in front of your bike. Basically anything smaller then me is getting run over instead of me risking/endangering MY life and those around me by crossing over the center line to avoid hitting an animal. Sorry but I would have ran over the fox.......
Jennifer Kania September 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Sharon, I had a similar situation occur Monday on Douglas when a squirrel was dancing in the road but I remembered "we have a deal with the squirrels" and didn't swerve and it did get out of the way. But it is hard to resist that urge to avoid running over anything, especially something with a pulse. Recent events have shown we need to observe the (gross) squishable rule from now on.
Moe September 14, 2012 at 07:53 PM
@Sharon, The fox would have been dead, if it was me. In my line of work, we have a saying "Don't Veer To Avoid Deer." Because, swerving moves your car into oncoming lanes of traffic or potentially into ditches along the roadway. And, for once I actually with TIM.
Zig Markowski III September 14, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The police have a lot more important things to do than to step up babysitting growups. Should they position cops outside of all bars because people break the law by getting drunk and then driving or starting fights? I see, nearly every day at work, the end results of people that don't know how to drive correctly, drive distracted, or just plain don't pay attention. And it's never your fault, is it? An animal ran out and I decided to drive into oncoming traffic to avoid it. Smart. Or I was just sending a quick text. Or I dropped my McMuffin. It's all the same. Maybe in addition to extra cops, that nobody wants to pay higher taxes so they can be out there, we can hire some trappers to keep the small animal population in check so you're not forced to react incorrectly. Come on people, we should be smarter than this. If not, you shouldn't be driving. It's not like it was a bull like that poor SOB hit earlier in the month.
Tim September 14, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I've spent some time in Germany in the past, and the lengths they have to go to get a license restrict a lot of the 'stupid' behaviors on the road. Aside from the costs(about $1500), the tests are much more specific and detailed. I'm guessing about 80% of the people currently on the road wouldn't be driving(legally) if we had the same requirements here.
monica September 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
To zig and ray yous should show more respect to those who lost their life in these crashes. Because family member of people who lost their life for whatever reason it maybe wouldn`t like the way you are talking about their love ones. Just because it wasn`t anyone that yous knew dont give yous the right to act like the accidents that happen werent a big deal.
Zig Markowski III September 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Ok, I knew somebody would take it that way. I'm not trying to diminish or slight the human tragedy aspect. I deal with crashes nearly everyday at work. Most are minor, some are downright horrific. The fact of the matter is that nearly ALL crashes can be avoided. Some are legit accidents, sometimes crap just happens...Final Destination-style...I've seen that, too. The point I'm making is that more cops, lights, turn lanes or phosphorent paint markings on the pavement aren't going to change human behavior. People are still going to drink and drive. People will still talk or, worse, text and drive. People will be distracted or react in an incorrect manner from all types of things as animals running onto the road to a cop/ambulance/fire truck coming towards them (you'd be AMAZED how many people have no clue what to do when that happens...a lot panic). I'm as guilty as anyone for driving distracted at times and everytime I catch myself doing it I am ashamed of myself because I know better. How many out there don't feel that way? Not many.
Tim September 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Except your reaction proves that you will put someone at risk. You were lucky, but you need to be aware that you made the wrong decision in swerving and breaking while driving a multi-thousand pound vehicle with what was probably enough momentum to completely disintegrate a human being if you hit them unprotected.. You said it was 'lucky' that noone was tailgating you, or in the oncoming lane. Why do you think it was lucky? Your reaction should always be whatever minimizes injury and damage. The least severe possibility, every single time, is a dead animal. And that should always be your goal. I'm not saying to 'aim' for animals, or somehow be callous to them, but if you want to be in control of a piece of machinery like a vehicle, then you really need to know how to make the correct reactions part of your default response. Do some reading, take an advanced driving or motorcycle class, do SOMETHING to change the default reaction you have. Your reaction needs to be 'hit it'. Its called a reaction because it is not conscious, and often it happens without thinking. It is possible to train yourself to react differently though, it just takes some effort. I would hate to have to see you rely on 'luck', that you don't kill yourself or anyone else in a similar situation. http://driving-tests.org/beginner-drivers/how-to-avoid-animals-on-the-road/
Tim September 15, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Ron, I imagine the person who initially left the comment deleted them when they realized how much of a fool they sounded like. My comments were 'replies' to those comments, along with about a half a dozen other commenters, so they went with it when the original poster deleted their own comment. I doubt the editors at Patch deleted them, this time.
Chosen1 September 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Watch your mouth! ray and markowski..
MikeS September 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Well said more control is not the answer. Recently there was an article about the positive results of the red light camera at 135Th and 59. Truth is most are aware of it now that's why the numbers are down,. I have seen people floor it and almost hit the car in front of them, or people slamming on their brakes while the light was green to avoid the yellow almost causing a chain reaction pileup. I get tense every time I get close to the area. Just what we need on 126 more control, or more good intention ways to make things safe with a perk, of residual benefits a way to increase revenue. We have become a society that wants someone else to take care of it cheap, more control, each time a new control goes in place the less choices I have, and the more freedom I give up. As said by many here, being granted a licence to drive means you learn, practice and are tested, as well as agree the byways and highways are public shared, you agree to abide by the rules of the road.
Paul L. September 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
A shame this young man lost his life and my condolences to his family, but he was old enough to know better to allegedly drink and drive. Not only does it put yourself at risk, it put others there too. Another life gone because of poor choices... It's distraction, poor decisions and sometimes pure chance that accident's happen. Will more lights, police and slower speeds help people from becoming better drivers?
Maureen September 15, 2012 at 02:15 PM
As sad as it is, (and I personally knew the 3 teens in the car/truck collision) I have to agree that as drivers, we are operating a "loaded weapon". Whenever you get behind the steering wheel of a car, you are accountable for your actions as a driver. We have all been victims to moments of distraction, whether it be your cell phone ringing, an animal darting out in front of you, something on the side of the road that makes you turn away to take a look, it only takes a split second for an accident to happen. Every life is precious, and I still feel the pain for the victims and their families. I am not heartless, it destroys me each time I drive by their home and see one of the parents out there still crying over their loss. But as drivers, we all need to pay attention more to our driving skills, and stop trying to "multi-task" while behind the wheel. I really feel that cell phones should be entirely banned while driving a car, whether it is hands free or not. I know first hand, that the human brain can only function on one task at a time, and if you are carrying on a conversation, your mind is elsewhere. My prayers go out to all these families, friends and loved ones of the victims, but we ALL need to be more conscientious drivers.
Pam O September 15, 2012 at 02:27 PM
So sad for all the families of these tragedies... My prayers go out to them.
Frank September 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I think everyone is totally missing the point here. This has nothing to do with "big brother" over-legislating our lives or people's carelessness. Hwy. 126 is a two-lane road with a high speed limit that was designed for a rural area with a population of 3,500 (Plainfield pre-1990). This town has 40,000 people now and is utilizing the same road. When the population grows, roads become outmoded and need to be upgraded for safety and efficiency, which includes widening, reducing speeds through heavily populated areas (that used to be cornfields) and adding traffic control features. True, these measures may not eliminate the accidents, but they will most definately reduce the severity of the accidents which will reduce the death toll. It may not take a drunk or reckless driver off the road, but I'd rather be in an accident with a drunk or reckless driver going 35 than with one going 60. There's a huge difference between a low-speed fender bender with minor injuries and a horriffic accident with a death toll.
JimmyJ September 15, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Tim is correct. There are actually three driving tests in Germany, one for rural town, one for cities and one for the autobahn, you take all of them, class is about 6 months long as well. Vehicles are also safety checked annually, if they find an issue you fix it and bring it back for inspection again to verify the repairs.
Frank September 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I don't think there's ANYTHING reactionary about realizing that the roads that were adequate 30 years ago are no longer adequate today. This is not the first community to see a population explosion that caused an infrastructure to no longer be adequate. If one person lives on a one mile stretch of road where the speed limit is 55 and suddenly 90 more families build homes on that same one mile stretch of road, I'd say the speed limit and the adequacy of the road would need to be addressed before someone gets hurt. These roads and these intersections were not designed to safely carry what they are handling today. I've lived here long enough to realize that this is no longer the nice quiet semi-rural aea I moved to anymore. Yeah, I lament about that alot, but the fact of the matter is traffic on 126 moving at 55 mph with no traffic controls makes about as much sense as traffic on a side street in Chicago moving at the same speed. If you think driving a car at 55 mph down the main street of a small town with a population of 40,000 with kids and schools scattered all over the place is your constitutional right that shouldn't be regulated, I'd say it's a sad day and you need to open your eyes and look around you. 126 and every intersecting side road between here and Yorkville was obsolete 20 years ago. This fact, unfortunately, will be proven with many more deaths if somebody doesn't wake up and do something about it.
Lisa Legler September 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM
+Zig I understand... Firemans wife
TLC Carpet Floors and More, Inc. September 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Dont always blame cell phones. Some people can actually multy task. We can start with, beer, pets, make up, kids, music, reading, the list can go on & on. I thinks its called pay attention to driving no matter what else you are doing. Oh and maybe 2 drinks is enough, not 6.
xenia September 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
People should worry about themselves before they criticize anyone. My cousin passed away in this accident if he made a bad decision he is now paying for it, with his life. No one is a perfect human being so simply please check urself before you are so inconsiderate others feeling when they lose a loved one no matter what the circumstance is. And for all those who have sent prayers thank you .
BitterBluePoison September 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM
My suggestion is to move to Germany if you prefer their rules but don't restrict my rights ...I didn't crash my vehicle. you people should re-read your comments... did you really intend to sound that stupid!?
Tim September 18, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Driving is not a 'right'. Careful who you call stupid.
Oswego Mom September 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
drinking? call a cab or bring a designated driver. Can't afford it? don't drink outside your home. It's simple. When are people going to finally get that point? when they're dead on the side of the road watching their dead corpse be pronounced? Come on, people. Texting, drinking, doing drugs -- these are not activities that should be done while driving. It may not be your life you are putting in jeopardy but every time you do any of these things ... and driving, you are putting SOMEONE's life in danger.
Oswego Mom September 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I'm sorry for your family that your cousin made a gravely bad choice. Others have made gravely bad choices that have taken friends and family members from me -- they were completely innocent. It's hard for me to shed tears, when he was the one who apparently made the choice that led to his demise. Thanks be to God no one else was injured. Prayers of healing to your family.


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