Chicago woman critical after weekend crash
KRISTEN ZAMBO email@example.com | Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:40 am
CALEDONIA — A Chicago woman remained in critical condition on Monday, after a trip to take a Marquette University student and her friend back to school on Sunday ended in a two-car crash.
The crash occurred at about 3:03 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of Highway V and 6 1/2 Mile Road, according to Caledonia police. This two-vehicle crash occurred about 1 1/2 hours after a deadly crash on Interstate 94, which often is used by Marquette University students and their parents.
Sgt. Brian Wall said Baudelio Aguirre, 52, of Chicago, was driving the car carrying his wife, Dora Aguirre, 51; daughter Nataly Aguirre, 19, also from Chicago; and Nataly Aguirre’s friend, Andrew Tran, 18, of San Diego; westbound on 6 1/2 Mile Road when the crash occurred at Highway V.
“It appears that he simply failed to yield at the stop sign,” Wall said.
Dora Aguirre and Tran were airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa while Baudelio and Nataly Aguirre were treated and released from Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, 3801 Spring St., he said.
Dora Aguirre had a lacerated liver, herniated diaphram, and fractured ribs, a shoulder, pelvis, ankle and teeth, Wall said. Tran received a lacerated jugular in the crash, Wall said.
Tran “had been spending spring break with Nataly” and they were headed back to campus when the car collided with a sport-utility vehicle, he added.
The SUV driver, Michael J. Smith, 39, of Lake Villa, Ill., and his passenger, Jill Boness, 44, of Ingleside, Ill., were not injured, Wall said.
When asked whether anyone was wearing seat belts, Wall said officers obtained conflicting statements.
“We’ll probably never be able to figure it out. Right now the investigation is continuing,” he added. “No one was impaired.”
No citations have been issued, but are probable, he said, and are waiting on toxicology tests.
Matt Schultz, 22, an industrial mechanic from Waukesha, said the crash occurred 30 to 60 seconds after he passed the intersection on his way home from celebrating at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday in Chicago.
He said he heard the collision, and watched it in his car mirror.
“They hit and were like spinning together in unison,” Schultz said Monday. “There was just debris everywhere. It was just a surreal sight seeing people running across the lawns, running to the scene. I was just shell-shocked staring into my mirror.”