Oak Forest, IL (April 3, 2020) – Two people were killed in a wrong-way collision near Oak Forest, Illinois on Wednesday, April 1st. Samuel Sahagu-Banuelos, 23, of Lansing, Michigan was traveling east on I-80 WB when he collided with another vehicle near the junction with I-57 at around 11:15 p.m. The other vehicle was reportedly driven by Keith Bowers, 48, of Merrillville, Indiana.
Both Sahugan-Banuelos and Bowers were pronounced dead at the scene. Both vehicles came to rest on shoulders on opposite ends of the road, trapping both drivers inside. Authorities closed the roadway while emergency responders were present.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is being handled by local authorities.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of Samuel Sahagun-Banuelos and Keith Bowers at this time.
Deadly Wrong-Way Crashes in Illinois
Head-on collisions are some of the most devastating possible. Those involved in a head-on collision have a 58 percent chance of suffering fatal injuries. Each year, 355 people are killed in wrong-way collisions.
Drivers who drive the wrong way on the road are often confused, disoriented, or even intoxicated. Whatever the reason, they can be held liable for serious crashes. Surviving family members should consult with an Illinois wrongful death lawyer to discuss possible avenues for compensation.
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