Darien man is among 5 victims of I-55 crashes

Vehicles involved in an accident that killed four people are seen on Interstate 55 near Channahon, Ill., southwest of Chicago. On Tuesday, July 22, semi-truck driver Francisco Espinal Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., who was involved in the crash, was charged with failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident and willfully making false entries in his logbook. | AP Photo/The Herald-News, Rob Winner
Vehicles involved in an accident that killed four people are seen on Interstate 55 near Channahon, Ill., southwest of Chicago. On Tuesday, July 22, semi-truck driver Francisco Espinal Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., who was involved in the crash, was charged with failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident and willfully making false entries in his logbook. | AP Photo/The Herald-News, Rob Winner

A 41-year-old Darien man is among the victims of a crash on Interstate 55 near Channahon this week, one of two crashes that immediately left five people dead.

Deividas Mockus of Darien died later at Presense St. Joseph Health in Joliet, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

The first crash occurred about 2:15 p.m. near Channahon when a semitrailer was speeding northbound into a construction zone near Arsenal Road, and abruptly changed lanes, causing a chain-reaction crash involving two cars and a van and killing four people, according to state police. All four were pronounced dead at the scene at 4 p.m., the coroner’s office said.

Sixteen minutes after that crash, a rear-end collision occurred in the southbound lanes at U.S. 6, involving two semitrailers, one driven by Mockus. Both drivers were taken to a hospital with what appeared at first to be minor injuries, police said. However, Mockus died at 4:29 p.m. from what police believe might be a medical condition.

The driver of the truck in the first accident, Francisco Espinal Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., was charged with felony counts of keeping a false log book and willfully making false entries, according to State Police Sgt. Chris Wilkes. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident.

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