4 killed, 4 hurt in Eisenhower crash
BY TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter September 26, 2013 8:02AM
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:27AM
Illinois State Police say a Chicago woman with no driver’s license was speeding on the Eisenhower Expy. extension near Addison when she lost control and rolled over an SUV full of co-workers — killing four — on their way to a west suburban job Thursday morning.
Margot Santillan, 31, of the 2800 block of North Nordica, has been ticketed with improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed, not having a valid driver’s license, having no insurance and driving with a suspended vehicle registration, Illinois State Police said.
The crash happened about 6 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 290 near Route 83 in Addison. Illinois State Police said Santillan was speeding when she lost control, rolling the SUV several times before it landed in a ditch off the interstate.
Three back passengers were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, Illinois State Police Lt. Brian Windle said at a news conference Thursday outside the Addison Police Department.
Aside from the driver and passenger seats in the front, the SUV had seat belts for three middle seat passengers and two back seat passengers. But there were eight people in the vehicle, including the driver, Windle said.
Although the crash remains under investigation, police confirmed the driver and the front passenger were wearing seat belts. The front passenger — despite wearing a seatbelt — is among the four killed.
The DuPage County Coroner’s office identified the four women who died as Juanna Anaya and Maria Duran, both 44 and from Chicago; Donna Mejia, 28; and Maria Orellana, 43.
In addition to Santillan, survivors include three men in the vehicle, ages 28, 43 and 51.
The driver’s excessive speed is believed to have caused the crash, officials said. The speed limit at the crash site was 55 mph.
The group of five women and three men was employed with a Chicago temp agency and heading to a job in the western suburbs, Windle said.
Windle said all occupants of the SUV had work IDs from the temp agency.
The SUV was not company-owned and was registered to Santillan, state police said.
The surviving victims were initially taken to three area hospitals in critical condition: Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights. According to Addison Fire Dept. Chief Don Markowski, the driver of the vehicle was able to communicate and was conscious and walking after the crash. The other victims were not aware of what had happened.
Although some passing drivers called 911 to report the crash, no one stopped, Windle said. As of Thursday morning, no witnesses had provided information to police, which Windle called “shocking.”
“We’re assuming someone witnessed it, maybe went on to work,” Windle said. “That’s why we’re asking if they witnessed it to come forward so the investigators can find out how exactly this happened.” Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Illinois State Police at (847) 931-2405.