Hit-and-Run Crash

Waukegan Wrong-Way Hit-and-Run Crash Leaves One Dead, One Injured

Hit-and-Run CrashA wrong-way hit-and-run crash in north suburban Waukegan has left one dead and one injured.

On the evening of April 29, 2017, Jose Diaz, 28, and an unidentified 27-year-old man were traveling in the first block of North Genesee Street when they were struck by a vehicle traveling the wrong way. The vehicle was operated by Tony Salcedo, 25, of North Chicago. Mr. Salcedo then fled the scene.

Mr. Diaz and the 27-year-old man were both taken to an area hospital, where Mr. Diaz was pronounced dead and the other man was treated for “moderate injuries.”

Police subsequently apprehended Mr. Salcedo and charged him with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, obstructing a police officer during an investigation, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and driving in the wrong lane.

Mr. Salcedo was ordered held on a $100,000.00 bond at a Sunday court appearance. He was later released on 10 percent bail.


According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, while wrong-way crashes are rare, accounting for approximately 3 percent of collisions, they have an especially high fatality rate, with head-on collisions likely the most fatal type of car accident.