David Muzzey, 58, of Romeoville, had been driving a Mercury north on Route 53 in the right lane when he rear-ended the Subaru James Kinnerk, 50, of Chicago, was driving, Romeoville Police Deputy Chief Steven Lucchesi said. The force from the first collision caused Muzzey to travel across the left lane of northbound traffic and into the oncoming southbound lane.
Muzzey then struck a 34-year-old Joliet man’s Mini Cooper head on. The Joliet man’s vehicle struck a 55-year-old Elwood man’s Chevrolet Silverado, and one of those two vehicles struck a 60-year-old Plainfield man’s Chevrolet Colorado.
The five-car collision sent Muzzey to Good Samaritan in critical condition, where he later died, a spokesperson for the DuPage County Coroner’s Office said.
Muzzey was pronounced dead just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The spokesperson said an autopsy was not performed because the man’s doctors were able to determine he died from multiple traumatic injuries as a result of the crash.
A final cause and manner of death will be determined after the completion of police reports and toxicology results.
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home and Crematory, 3200 Black Road, Joliet, is in charge of arrangements.