After being involved in a minor hit-and-run accident in Geneva, the driver of a car stolen in Wheaton fled on Route 38 at speeds in excess of 100 mph and struck another vehicle head-on, triggering a four-car crash that killed her and another driver Saturday night.
Authorities have not determined whether alcohol played a role in the accident. Police said an incident that transpired in the 1900 block of Illinois Street in Wheaton before the accident is still under investigation.
Jennifer Liston, 30, of Madison, Wis., and Zachary Bingham, 18, of Maple Park, were both killed in the accident at 8:45 p.m. Saturday near 42W761 Route 38, Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said in a release. Liston was pronounced dead at the scene by the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department. Bingham was transported to Delnor Hospital and later flown to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Campton Hills police said Erin Pazin, 19, of Elburn, and Nadia Kull, 48, of Sugar Grove, were transported to Delnor by Elburn emergency personnel and treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Pazin was a passenger in Bingham’s vehicle and Kull was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Kevin Kull, also of Sugar Grove. Kull and the other driver — Ryan Anderson of Sycamore — were not reported injured.
Police said Liston was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima that earlier was reported stolen out of Wheaton. Hoffman said Liston was driving on a suspended driver’s license.
Police said Liston was involved in a minor hit-and-run accident in Geneva, shortly before the fatal accident. A Kane County sheriff’s deputy saw Liston driving west on Route 38 at Bricher Road and attempted to stop her, but she fled west on Route 38 at a high rate of speed. According to the release, the deputy initiated a pursuit but ended it shortly afterward when Liston fled at a high rate of speed.
Police said witnesses reported the vehicle driven by Liston was traveling recklessly, passing numerous vehicles on Route 38 at speeds of more than 100 mph.
According to the release, Liston struck Bingham’s eastbound vehicle head on in the eastbound lane. Liston’s vehicle then continued west and rear-ended Kull's vehicle, which was pushed into the eastbound lane and struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Anderson.
The accident is being investigated by the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team.