Wheeling crash today: Wauconda High School teacher Bob Gillen killed in East Palatine Road collision; driver suspected of DUI


WHEELING, Ill. (WLS) — A high school teacher was killed in a head-on collision Sunday morning in north suburban Wheeling.

The crash happened at 2:15 a.m. on East Palatine Road near Wheeling Road, police said.

A suspected intoxicated driver was traveling eastbound on Palatine Road when they traveled into the westbound lanes, striking an oncoming vehicle and killing its driver.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office later identified the man who died as 53-year-old Robert E. Gillen. Wauconda Community Unit School District #118 said he was a math teacher at Wauconda High School.

The district issued a statement, saying, “The Wauconda District 118 community is saddened by the unexpected passing of Bob Gillen, a dedicated Math teacher, athletic trainer, and colleague. We join Bob’s family, students, staff, and community members in grieving this tragic loss.

Bob has been an active member of the Wauconda High School community since 1996. He dedicated his time to the education of students, the care of athletes, and the growth of colleagues. He loved helping others and was committed to fostering a positive environment for all. Bob leaves a lasting legacy, and his loss will be felt throughout our community.

We are encouraging our students, staff, and community to reach out and check in if they need any additional support while navigating this loss.”

Two people were inside each vehicle, and one person other than Gillen was seriously injured, police said.

Wheeling police and the Northwest Suburban Major Case Assistance Team’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Unit are investigating the crash.

Further information was not immediately available.

Post source: Abc7chicago

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