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UPDATE: Police Release Name of Channahon Resident Killed in Crash

Woman killed was the mother of the two injured children.

Channahon police have identified the woman killed in a as Carolyn Grey, mother of the two children injured in the crash.

"We were finally able to get identification confirmed late last night," Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena said.

Grey was 44. Her 4-year-old daughter was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, and an infant girl, believed to be less than year old, was taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Pena said.

"To the best of my knowledge, both of the children are stable," he said. "The infant has been released from the hospital and the 4-year-old is undergoing surgery this morning."

Grey also may have another child who was not in the car.

"When we went to the home to make notification, there was another child in the home with the husband," Pena said.

Cause of the Crash

The Illinois State Police are still working on reconstruction of the accident, but Pena said the police have been able to determine one thing.

"At this point, what we're saying is that all we believe is that she was making a left-hand turn onto Bell (Road) off of Route 6," he said.

The SUV driven by Grey was struck on the passenger side, the impact then forced the SUV into a light pole. It took police and firefighters more than three hours to get Grey's body out of the vehicle.

Channahon police are continuing to interview witnesses to the accident.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Residents in the area have expressed concern about the danger of this intersection for a long time. The light at Bell Road and Route 6 has only been in place for the last 18 months or so, Pena said.

"Resident concerns about the intersection (are) coupled with the fact that they put the high school in," Pena said.

The Minooka Community High School, South Campus, is located just east of the site of the crash.

Pena has been chief in Channahon for about four years and said he would not describe the intersection as having a significantly high number of accidents.

He said the police department would like to compliment everyone who helped in such a tragic situation.

"The emergency responders all did an excellent job for a very traumatic experience," he said. "We also want to thank all of the good Samaritans who came over to see if there was anything they could do to assist."

Maryann Delaney May 11, 2011 at 04:11 PM
My deepest sympathy, and prayers for the strength to hold on, to a family who has suffered a devastating tragedy. My heart breaks for your loss♥
Jacki McHale May 11, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Under horrible circumstances, but still glad to finally meet you Dawn. You do well for our town with the Patch site. Talking with the neighbor of Carrie this morning when I took my flowers over there, she said that Carrie's favorite flower was Lilacs. Glad I brought her some from my yard. My heart goes out to the father and children.
Patty May 11, 2011 at 07:02 PM
That is horrible this has happened. God bless Carolyn, her family and friends. If that light is such a problem they definitely need to redesign it and make it a left on arrow only. This incident almost happened to me last week at the McKinley Woods Rd intersection. Now I always wait for the oncoming vehicle to stop if the light is changing and I am turning because oncoming vehicles are very deceiving. Many prayers go out to carolyn's family.
Dawn Aulet (Editor) May 11, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Jacki, Same to you. And ditto on the flowers as well. I didn't know, I just brought what was blooming in my yard.
MARY SMEETS May 11, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Mary And they say it is safe for the kids in that subdivision to walk to school. In the winter, when it snows there is no place to walk but on the road! The pathway to the school is not plowed, therefore the only place to wqalk is at the side of the road. GOD BLESS THE GREY FAMILY.
Laurie Ziegler May 11, 2011 at 11:47 PM
I am very sad to hear about this.... such a terrible situation.... how horrifying for everyone involved. I don't know the family, but was very saddened to drive by the accident site today. Being a fellow mom, having a small child, and using that intersection twice a day- every day... this hits very close to home. I will hug my son tonight and be thankful for all that I have, because you never know when things can be gone in an instant.
Kim Wittenkeller May 12, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Many prayers and thoughts are sent to the family. As a mom, with a 17 yr old son in a recent car accident with a street pole (Thank God he is Ok, and no injuries) My heart sank when I heard about this tragedy yesterday for the family and children involved in the accident. My prayers are also out to all the drivers young and old in Minooka and Channahon- May God Bless all the Drivers and Families. Keeping our families safe.
Jennifer May 12, 2011 at 03:21 PM
"Pena has been chief in Channahon for about four years and said he would not describe the intersection as having a significantly high number of accidents." That's because most people have horribly close calls, but manage, by the grace of God, to get away safely and never report it or tell anyone about almost being in an accident. Police do not keep track of these near-accidents, of course, but I know I personally have witnessed more than a few and have had one myself, pre-traffic light. I'm so sorry for this family, the truck driver and the emergency personnel that went in and faced the tragedy with bravery.
Sharon May 14, 2011 at 02:56 AM
There are rumors going around that the 4 year old has dies as well. Is this true? This is such a tragedy. I really hope the children are all right.

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