CHICAGO, IL — A 15-year-old Chicago resident has died after being struck by a by a detached wheel from a passing semi-trailer on Interstate 80/94 in Hammond, Indiana.
Authorities announced Sunday the teen, identified as William Bell of Chicago, had died after being struck by a detached wheel from a passing semi-trailer on Interstate 80/94 in Hammond, Indiana Thursday morning. The incident occurred as Bell and a group attempted to change a flat tire on the highway’s shoulder.
The ill-fated event unfolded when a semi-trailer operated by PDQ Trucking LLC experienced mechanical issues, causing one of its rear tandem wheels to break loose. The wheel, still attached to its tire, rolled uncontrollably towards the group, fatally striking Bell.
Despite efforts to save him, Bell succumbed to his injuries at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Friday evening. The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the victim as William Bell.
While four others sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the impact, authorities ruled out drugs or alcohol as factors in the incident. The impounded semi-trailer is undergoing inspection to determine the cause of the mechanical failure.
The tragic loss of such a young life prompts reflection on road safety measures and industry maintenance practices. As the investigation unfolds, the community mourns William Bell’s untimely death and stands in solidarity with his grieving family. The incident serves as a somber reminder of the need for continued road safety awareness and prevention.