Two people were killed and another suffered critical injuries in a crash involving a semi-trailer truck Monday morning in west suburban North Aurora.
Two vehicles were heading north on Orchard Road just before noon when they struck a semi at the I-88 overpass, according to Kane County sheriff’s office spokesman Patrick Gengler.
The Jaguar and GMC Envoy were traveling "apparently at high rates of speed" when the vehicles both struck the trailer portion of the semi as it turned south onto Orchard, Gengler said in a statement.
The 38-year-old driver of the Jaguar and the 27-year-old driver of the semi-tractor were each transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Envoy was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was later identified as 23-year-old Christopher Shaw, of North Aurora, according to police.
Two passengers of the Envoy were flown from the scene to a Chicago-area hospital, authorities said, where the front seat passenger succumbed to his injuries at around 5:50 p.m. He was later identified as 24-year-old Devonte Bouchee, of Aurora, according to police. The 23-year-old rear seat passenger sustained potentially life threatening injuries, police said.
Gengler said the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Aurora Police are investigating separate reports of shots fired in the Aurora area prior to the crash.
One report came at 11:04 a.m. on Konen Avenue near Arlene Street in unincorporated Kane County, and the other came at about 11:45 a.m. on Nantucket and Durham near Indian Trail.
In the first instance, nothing was struck in the reported gunfire. In the second report, Aurora Police say two homes sustained damage but no one was hurt.
"Both reports involved vehicles chasing each other and shots being exchanged," Gengler said.
"It is possible that the three incidents are related," he said, "however at this time the investigation is ongoing and we are withholding releasing the identities of those involved pending notification of the next of kin."
Anyone with information on the shootings is being asked to call Kane County Sheriff’s Investigators at 630-444-1103, Aurora Police Investigations at 630-256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.