MINOOKA – Two friends from Channahon rescued the child of a Shorewood woman who died in a three-vehicle crash last Friday.
Hunter Hasenjaeger, 16, and Collin Barry, 17, were traveling on Ridge Road heading toward Interstate 80 in Minooka when they saw smoke and then the aftermath of crash involving a truck and two cars.
When the two pulled over to see what was happening, they were told by others who also were at the scene there was a child strapped inside one of the cars that they couldn't get to, Hasenjaeger said.
Barry said he remembered there was glass and debris everywhere and the driver, Alexis Danley, 27, of Shorewood, was not responsive and breathing heavily. Her car was totaled, he said.
“It was really quiet and dark,” Barry said.
After seeing Danley’s one-year-old child strapped in a baby seat in the car and crying, they both went in the car to free the child before paramedics arrived.
They tried to help Danley but she wasn’t responsive, Barry said. Hasenjaeger said they were telling her that her child was alright and that help was on the way.
“You don’t expect to walk up to that,” Hasenjaeger said of the accident.
Danley was pronounced deceased on the scene and her child was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center for evaluation by Minooka paramedics. The child was later released to family members.
Jacob Kaminski, 23, of Marseilles, was traveling south on Ridge Road when he collided with Danley, who was driving north. Kaminski’s truck spun around and struck another car driven by Rebecca Brown, 22, of Oswego.
Brown and her two passengers were treated by Minooka paramedics and released from the scene.
Kaminski was sent to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center for injuries that were not life threatening.
He was issued a citation for driving under the influence, operating an uninsured vehicle, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, disobeying a no passing zone, possessing drug paraphernalia and less than 10 grams of marijuana.
Kendall County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident at 12:13 a.m. Friday and were assisted by Minooka police.
Hunter’s mother Theres Hasenjaeger said what he and his friend went through was horrific but what they did to rescue the child was amazing.
“I don’t know if most kids would do that,” she said.
She also said it was an eye opener for the two about the realities of driving.
“This is what can happen. This is reality,” she said.