Joliet Police Investigating Fatal Crash

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On June 19, 2024, at 6:30 p.m., Officers responded to West Jefferson Street and Airport Drive for a report of a multi-vehicle traffic crash with injuries.

Following a preliminary investigation of the crash, the following was determined: A Ford Ranger truck driven by a male (72, Lombard) was westbound on West Jefferson Street at which time the Ford struck the rear passenger side of a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a female (44, Shorewood) that was westbound on West Jefferson Street in the inside lane.

The Ford also struck the rear driver side of a Tesla 3 driven by a male (38, Naperville) that was westbound on West Jefferson Street in the curb lane. The Ford drove between the Jeep and Tesla and then swerved to the left into the oncoming eastbound traffic lanes, striking an eastbound Pontiac Torrent head on. The Pontiac was driven by a male (22, Rockdale).

The driver of the Ford was transported to Ascension St Joseph Medical Center by the Joliet Fire Department, where he was pronounced deceased.

On June 20, the Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Peter J. Graff, 72, of Lombard. An Autopsy was performed on Thursday June 20. Final cause and manner will be determined following Autopsy, Police and Toxicological reports.

No other injuries were reported from the crash. The roadway was closed for several hours as Officers reconstructed the crash scene.

Identification of the deceased victim and manner of death will be determined by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with video footage or information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the Joliet Police Traffic Unit at (815)724-3193. This crash currently remains under investigation.

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