Gruenwald, at about 5:20 a.m. March 12, was driving southbound on I-394 at Richton just south of Richton Road when he crashed into the back of a semi traveling in the same direction, Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz said. Gruenwald was conscious and responsive at the scene and told police he was wearing his helmet and might have fallen asleep before striking the semi. Neither the semi or its driver were at the scene when officers arrived, Pieritz said.
Responders with the Crete Fire Department arrived to the scene and gave Gruenwald medical aid before transporting him to a nearby hospital. He was later transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Pieritz said the crash was handled as an injury accident because Gruenwald was conscious and speaking. Illinois State Police would have been called to handle reconstruction had it been a fatal crash at the time of the call, he added. An investigation is ongoing.
Source: Northwestern Times