Man killed in Tri-State crash after pickup spins out on icy roadway

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - A north suburban Waukegan man died after the pickup he was driving spun out on an icy road and hit the back of a semi Wednesday morning on the Tri-State Tollway.

Edwing Magallon-Benitez, 38, was driving a blue 2004 Ford F250 pickup south at 5:03 a.m. on I-294 at mile marker 24 near Burr Ridge and Indian Head Park when he lost control because of weather conditions, according to Illinois State Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The pickup spun out of control onto the right shoulder and hit the rear of a 1996 Kenworth semi’s trailer, state police said.

Western Springs paramedics took him to LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange, where he was pronounced dead at 5:35 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy Thursday found he died of multiple blunt force injuries in the crash and his death was ruled an accident.

The 24-year-old man driving the semi was not injured, state police said. The cause of the crash remained under investigation Wednesday afternoon.

Icy road conditions were a factor in two other fatal crashes Wednesday morning in North Aurora and Tinley Park.

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