Driver In Crash That Killed Bellwood Man Cited With Failure To Reduce Speed

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The scene of an accident that resulted in the death of Darius Sconiers, of Bellwood. | Screenshot from ABC 7 news report 

The driver who caused a multiple car crash on Saturday that resulted in the death of 35-year-old Darius Sconiers, a Bellwood resident and Proviso East graduate, was recently cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, according to multiple reports.

The man, 57-year-old attorney Scott Ganassin, had experienced a medical emergency while driving on Congress Parkway, according to reports. According to a report in the News Tribune, the lawyer lives in Peru.

An ABC 7 report at the time said that Ganassin’s white 2017 Mercedes sedan, which had been traveling eastbound on I-290 near Wells Street, hit the back of Sconiers’ gray 2013 Cadillac truck at a very high speed.


Peru attorney Scott Ganassin. | Schweickert & Ganassin LLP 

“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.” Police did not suspect that alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.

“Ganassin, who has law offices in Ottawa and Peru, was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago, where he was reported in serious condition, according to a state police report,” an article in The Times explained.”His wife, Linda Ganassin, 57, was with him.”

Ganassin’s law firm, Schweickert & Ganassin, released a statement on Monday stating that the attorney “was discharged from the hospital and that he was with his wife, who is at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she has undergone a number of surgeries,” according to a report in The Times.

Darius Sconier

Darius Sconiers, who was killed in a multiple car crash on Saturday, was an elite chef. | Family photo 

Sconiers, ABC 7 reported, 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 the day of the crash. VFP 

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One thought on “Driver In Crash That Killed Bellwood Man Cited With Failure To Reduce Speed”

  1. This Attorney not only needed to be cited, he need to be charged with a crime a life was taken do to his reckless driving. If the Attorney, had medical condition problems maybe he shouldn’t been driving or had license. The Attorney caused several others to be injured also, who injuries maybe life threatening. A life was taken, while others was badly hurt. The Attorney lived through his medical emergency, but one young man did not. Very very sad!

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