by Susan O’Neill
Three motorists were taken to the hospital following a head-on collision Monday morning on Route 47 north of Jericho Road in Sugar Grove.
The driver of a red Pontiac Grand Am, Jacqueline Ann Gross, 18, of the 1-10 block of Marlin Drive in Oswego, was headed northbound on Route 47 on her way to Waubonsee Community College when her car crossed the center line at 6:50 a.m. and struck a beige 2001 Honda Accord.
The Honda was pushed onto the shoulder of the road where it was struck again by a green 1997 Toyota Highlander. The driver of the Honda was Martin Biernat, 36, of the 700 block of Easton Lane, Elk Grove Village, and the driver of the Toyota was Joshua J. Blomberg of the 100 block of Sutton Ave., Sugar Grove.
All three drivers were taken to Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora. Blomberg was released Monday afternoon and Biernat was treated and released Monday night. Gross remained in the intensive care unit as of Tuesday afternoon.
Sugar Grove police investigator John Sizer said that conditions on the road were clear and dry and, according to witnesses, all of the drivers were traveling at or below the speed limit. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved.
Sizer said that Gross did not remember anything of the accident, nor did she recall anything from the time she left her house that morning. He said that is not unusual in a crash such as this with a traumatic injury.
“We may never find out what happened,” he said on Tuesday.
No citations were issued, and the investigation is ongoing. None of the three cars were carrying passengers.