Chicago chef Poilevey killed in 15-car crash on I-290

  • While some parts of the Chicago area only saw a few flakes of snow, in some suburbs there was enough accumulation to cover the grass.

      While some parts of the Chicago area only saw a few flakes of snow, in some suburbs there was enough accumulation to cover the grass. James Kane | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/9/2016 10:50 PM

Jean-Claude Poilevey, a chef and restaurateur at the forefront of French cuisine in Chicago beginning in the 1970s, was killed early Saturday morning in a 15-vehicle crash on the Eisenhower Expressway, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 71 years old.

He was the chef at French restaurant La Sardine on the Near West Side, whose staff mourned his death Saturday.

 

Poilevey, of Oak Park, was outside his car about 12:40 a.m. Saturday when he was struck by another vehicle during the crash, according to Illinois State Police. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he later died.

The westbound Eisenhower was closed for 10 hours.

The chain-reaction crash was liked caused by black ice on the Eisenhower's outbound lanes near Central Avenue, police said.

The accident was the worst of several that occurred as cold, snow and ice hit the Chicago area overnight, icing streets and overpasses.

Three women were hurt in the crash on the Eisenhower near Central Avenue, the Illinois State Police said.

There was also a report of numerous more minor crashes late Friday on slippery overpasses on Route 53 in the Northwest suburbs.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.