Three dead, five injured in Aurora crash
By Erika Wurst email@example.com October 14, 2013 9:55AM
Greg Zanis of Sugar Grove places crosses Monday morning at the scene of a fatal accident in Aurora. The crash late Sunday evening at Broadway Avenue and Hazel Avenue killed three people. | Erika Wurst~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:11AM
An Aurora man and two Montgomery women died late Sunday evening and five people were severely injured after being involved in a head-on crash in Aurora.
Aurora police have not released the identification of the victims pending the notification of family members.
Police were called to the area of Broadway Avenue, just south of Hazel Avenue, at around 11:49 p.m. after reports of a crash.
Police said seven members of a Montgomery family, ranging in age from 9 years old to 77 years old, were riding in a minivan, traveling southbound on Broadway when their van collided head-on with a Dodge Charger, driven by a 28-year-old Aurora man. That man, and two passengers in the minivan died as a result of the crash. Two were pronounced dead on the scene. The third died at an area hospital.
All others involved in the crash sustained severe injuries, and police have been unable to obtain any statements about the possible cause of the wreck. They are being treated at suburban hospitals, police said.
Police said it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash, and that the investigation into the wreck continues.
Sugar Grove resident Greg Zanis, who has placed white crosses at the sites of tragedies across the country, was called Monday morning about the crash. He said he woke up to a voice mail asking him to place crosses at the scene.
So, Zanis did what he always does when he is beckoned, he packed up his truck with the handmade crosses, and headed to Broadway Avenue to fulfill the request.
Near the bend in the road, where the cars collided, Zanis placed the three crosses. He stapled silk flowers to each one, and although he did not yet have names to attribute the crosses to, he stopped to pray.
Aurora police are asking anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call traffic investigators at 630-256-5330.