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."