Sunday, January 28, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Darius Sconiers, a private chef from Bellwood, was killed in a 9-car crash in Chicago on Saturday. | Family photo
A Bellwood man and Proviso East graduate who was an elite chef was killed in a multi-car crash in Chicago on Jan. 27, according to multiple news reports.
Darius Sconiers, 35, was fatally injured in a 9-car collision that was the result of a 56-year-old man’s medical emergency. According to an initial police report, the man was driving a white 2017 Mercedes sedan while driving eastbound on I-290, near Wells Street.
Police said that the Mercedes “struck the back of the gray 2013 Cadillac truck stopped in traffic at a very high rate of speed,” according to an ABC 7 report, which noted that the incident took place at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“The Mercedes continued striking several other stopped vehicles as the driver could not regain control of his vehicle,” ABC 7 added. “The Mercedes caused an extensive chain reaction crash due to how fast his vehicle was traveling while striking other vehicles in traffic, police said.”
According to a WGN report, “Sconiers was trapped in his grey Cadillac truck and had to be extricated.”
The driver sustained injuries that weren’t life threatening while his wife, who was a passenger in the Mercedes, was taken to the hospital.
Six people were in critical condition at the time of the ABC 7 report. WGN reported that 11 “other people were injured and eleven others refused transport to the hospitals.”
Police said that they did not suspect that the crash was caused by drug or alcohol use. The Congress was closed off until 11:02 p.m.
Sconier, ABC 7 reports, had “just moved to the Bronzeville neighborhood” after living in Bellwood. A graduate of Proviso East, Triton College and DeVry University, Sconier once worked as an executive chef for McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks and Smith & Wollensky.
Relatives told ABC 7 that Sconier, who was working as a private chef, may have been on his way to a celebrity client’s home. He was pronounced dead just before 5 p.m.
“On Sunday, Sconier’s family remembered him as a funny, talented and spiritual man,” ABC 7 noted.