Police: Two men die after driver falls asleep, car strikes pole along I-290 near Elmhurst
Two Northwest suburban men died from injuries suffered Monday when the driver of the car they were riding in fell asleep behind the wheel on I-290 near Elmhurst, causing his car to slam into a pole, Illinois State Police said.
State police and the Cook County medical examiner's office identified one of the victims as Edward Jeon, 22, of Hoffman Estates.
The state police said the other victim was Eden W. Chung, 19, of Vernon Hills, but the medical examiner's office identified him as 19-year-old Aiden Chung of Roselle.
The driver, Joseph Hung Joon Kim, 22, of Hoffman Estates, and another passenger, Donald W. Schickel, 27, of Buffalo Grove, survived the crash.
State police said troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash at 6:59 p.m. on westbound I-290, half a mile west of York Road in the Elmhurst area.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicates Kim was driving a 2013 Hyundai when he fell asleep, veered off the highway to the right and struck a pole head-on.
Two of the three westbound lanes were closed for about four hours Monday night while police investigated.