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Joliet Man Killed in Trucking Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

The son of Joliet, Illinois councilwoman was killed in a semi-truck accident Saturday evening..

About the Accident Involving the Semi-Truck

44-year-old Jesse Johnson, semi-truck driver and son of Joliet Councilwoman Gavin died Saturday night when the semi-truck struck the center median on the I-80 in Tinley Park.

According to The Herald-News, Joliet Councilwoman Bettye Gavin, the victim’s mother, has been flooded by Facebook messages, phone calls, and other messages from people talking about all the good things Jesse accomplished in his life.

According to Councilwoman Gavin, many of the messages talked about how much Jesse Johnson was always so ready to help other people when they needed it.

After serving 12 years in federal prison on drug-related charges, Jesse Johnson had turned his life around, and died doing while doing the work that helped him do so.

Just three years after release from federal prison, Jesse Johnson started his own trucking company, Jase Transport Inc., and managed three different truck and two separate drivers.

According to police, Johnson was driving the trailer westbound on the I-80 at around 8:45 p. m. on Friday night when the trailer hit the median.

Johnson was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn when he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office reported that Johnson died from multiple injuries he suffered during the truck accident.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,964 people were killed in trucking accidents in the United States in 2013, marking a slight increase from the 3,944 fatalities recorded in 2012.
  • Of those killed in 2013:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,857 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 390 were listed as nonoccupants, including pedestrians and pedalcyclists
  • An additional 95,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in the United States in 2013.


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