Wife of Bartlett village attorney dies after Bloomingdale crash

Updated 9/9/2015 8:54 PM
This story has been changed from its initial versions to correctly the identify the deceased and the number of children in the family.

Jill Mraz, a Roselle mother of four, has died and her husband, Bartlett's longtime village attorney, remained hospitalized Wednesday after a crash with a semitrailer truck in Bloomingdale, police and Bartlett officials said.

Jill Mraz, who was driving the SUV, died about 7:21 p.m. Tuesday at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights. Her husband, Bryan Mraz, a passenger in the SUV, remained in the intensive-care unit at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, police said.


Bryan Mraz, a former DuPage County assistant state's attorney, also represents the Hanover Park, Schaumburg and Medinah park districts.

"Village of Bartlett officials and staff were stunned and upset by the news of the car accident yesterday, which resulted in serious injury to our longtime village attorney Bryan Mraz and claimed the life of his beloved wife Jill," Mayor Kevin Wallace said in an email. "Although this sudden and tragic accident defies our understanding, we want to offer Bryan all the comfort and support we can during this difficult time. We hope for his quick recovery from his physical injuries. At the same time, we reach into our hearts and extend our prayers and deepest condolences to Bryan, his children and family during their time of grief."

The truck struck the couple's SUV at the intersection of Lake Street and Glen Ellyn Road in Bloomingdale around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday after running the red light for eastbound traffic on Lake Street, police said.

Bloomingdale police Chief Frank Giammarese said charges are pending against the driver of the truck. The truck was carrying a full load but did not show any indications of malfunctions, he said.

"We're still waiting for our investigators to submit all of their evidence, but charges are definitely pending against the truck driver," he said. "They'll likely be traffic offenses, but we'll know for sure once we've seen everything."

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Giammarese said the preliminary investigation indicates the driver was not impaired in any way at the time of the accident.

"All of the evidence gathered to this point shows this appears to have been just a very sad, tragic accident where someone lost their life," he said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Bloomingdale police at (630) 529-9868.

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