UPDATE: Batavia Resident Dies, Another Airlifted After 4-Vehicle Crash Saturday

The crash happened after 3 p.m. Saturday on Kirk Road north of Wind Energy Pass. Six people were injured; some of them were treated at the scene. The Batavia residents are in their 40s.

Editor's note: This story was updated Monday afternoon to reflect that the deceased is actually from Batavia. This story was first updated late Saturday night with more information from the and . Names of the less seriously injured were added, along with details of how the crash occurred.

A Batavia resident is dead and another was airlifted after a four-car crash Saturday afternoon on Batavia's far east side, according to police.

Four other people were also transported or treated on site after the crash, which happened shortly after 3 p.m. on South Kirk Road. The crash site was about 700 feet north of the intersection of Kirk and Wind Energy Pass in Batavia.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the incident at 3:07 p.m. Saturday. Two people had to be extricated from the vehicles.

One of the four vehicles was traveling northbound on Kirk Road and veered into the southbound lanes, according to an initial investigation.

The vehicle caused a head-on collision with three other vehicles, Batavia Police said.

The driver of the vehicle was a 48-year-old Batavia resident who previously lived in St. Charles. This person was pronounced dead at the scene. The Batavia Fire Department said the person who died was a man, but police did not initially confirm that in its report.

The passenger in the Batavia driver's vehicle was a 40-year-old, also from Batavia. This person was transported via helicopter to in Downers Grove for treatment of injuries, police said.

The names of the Batavia residents were initially withheld pending notification of family members.

The crash is still under investigation, police said.

At The Scene

The four other people injured were the drivers and passengers from the three other vehicles involved. Following are their names and what happened to them:

  • Charles E. Holt, 39, of Lemont, was transported and released from in Geneva.
  • Marina P. Carrillo, 46, of Aurora, was also transported and released from Delnor Hospital.
  • Robert J. Strum, 57, of Aurora, was treated and medically released at the scene.
  • Reginald L. Redmond, 23, was treated and medically released at the scene.

Traffic was blocked on Kirk Road for more than three hours while emergency crews tended to and investigated the crash.

Kirk Road opened up to regular traffic at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Batavia Police said.

Officials did not report any road conditions Saturday on Kirk that may have contributed to the crash.

About The Fire Crew

A total of 23 personnel were on scene, with the first unit arriving at 3:12 p.m. While en route, the fire department was advised that extrication would be needed, according to a report.

The fire crew found four vehicles involved at the crash site, two with heavy front-end damage, the report said.

Extrication for two of the patients was completed at 3:45 p.m. The last fire department unit left the scene at 5:20 p.m.

The following agencies assisted Batavia Fire with this incident:

  • Life Star helicopter
  • fire engine
  • North Aurora fire engine
  • One ambulance from Geneva
  • One fire engine from Elburn at Station 2 (Batavia west side)

If you witnessed this crash or took pictures near the scene, please e-mail charles.menchaca@patch.com or call 630-740-5871.

Tony Gentile October 02, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Kirk Road is called "Killer Kirk" for a reason. Cars drive at 20-25 mph over the posted speed limit because Batavia can't keep a police car there 24 hours a day. Where is the County Police?? Cars race to and from Rt 88 constantly. How many more people need to die????
Joe Crawford October 02, 2011 at 02:38 PM
The speed limit is not the problem. People who talk on cell phones and text while driving are, When are State and local officals going to stop this problem?
Tony Gentile October 02, 2011 at 03:02 PM
In California there is a law against using hand held cell phones. Why can't it be adopted here ? Almost all cell phones have speaker functions and this would allow the driver to keep 2 hands on the wheel.
Tony Gentile October 02, 2011 at 05:43 PM
The number 1 cause of accidents is distraction. Texting and talking on cell phones is the main problem. When you add speed to that equation, you really increase the problem. I spent 33 years in insurance and I have seen almost ever excuse for accidents. This particular accident could have been due to medical problems or something else like mechanical failure. I'd like to know how discussing Kirk Road and it's multitude of accidents is disrespectful ? We never said the driver that caused the accident was negligent or anything else. We simply stated facts about Kirk Road.. Hope you understand that no disrespect was intended.
PENNY B December 13, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Thank you Tony for not blaming the police for this. As far as Joe's comment, it is not the State, local officials or the police departments fault for this! It is call free will and each individuals, mine, yours and anyone else driving a vehicle who CHOOSE to do things other than drive safely and pay attention.


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