Saturday Crash Update: One Dead

A Saturday afternoon crash killed Ronald Oswald of Minooka and sent five others to area hospitals.

Updated at 6 p.m. July 15


A Minooka man was killed in a Saturday afternoon wreck that sent five other people to area hospitals.

Motorcyclist Ronald Oswald, 57, of Minooka, died at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora following the crash at Route 126 and County Line Road.

The 2:30 p.m. collision involved a Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle, a Nissan Altima and the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Martez Malone said the car was about to turn south on County Line Road from westbound Route 126 when it was struck from behind by the SUV. The impact forced the car into the eastbound lane, where it struck Oswald's motorcycle.

Six ambulances transported victims to three area hospitals following the crash, according to Deputy Chief Jon Stratton.

A family of four riding in the Nissan — a mother, father, infant and a toddler — had to be extricated from the vehicle and were taken to Silver Cross Hospital. The father and the two children were listed in serious condition following the crash, while the mother was in critical condition.

"She had some pretty extensive injuries — I don't believe life threatening, though," Stratton said.

The driver of the Durango, who was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Stratton said the SUV rolled over several times during the crash. 

assisted state troopers in handling traffic in the wake of the wreck.

On Sunday, Malone said the cause of the crash remained undetermined.

Kathy Kohler July 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I agree Nancy ...I have 4 children (all now adults) and completely understand!
Jodi Waldron July 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well said, Mom of Teens. Well said.
Jodi Waldron July 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. To be honest, I am speechless and can't find any words to properly comfort you and your family. You know I knew your dad. I loved him dearly. I am crushed. He was THE safest rider I've ever ridden with, never ever did I feel at risk. We all have lost a great guy and a dedicated friend. I love you all and am sending loving thoughts and prayers to you.
bob July 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
i have rode with ron a few times in the past years ... ive been to his house when he lived in joliet ... he was a great man ... and yes .. he was a great rider... ive only met his daughetr.. but id like to say to her and the rest of his family... im really sorry for your loss... ron left a big impression on me .. you just know good people when you meet them.. what a heart that man had ... R.I.P. RON...... i have to say also to all the people arguing about lights speeding etc... you see this everyday.. while driving.. it has gotten out of hand ... the way people drive ... cell phones need to be gone .. eyes need to be on the road .... the price paid isnt worth it ... that kid in the durango was charged with D.U.I.... he should do life in prison.... anyway... again.. a great man was lost.... ill always remember him...
Tom and Gina Prad July 23, 2012 at 07:05 PM
R I P Buddy, you will be missed and not forgotten, Porkchop


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