GENEVA – As Nathaniel Warner watched emergency personnel work Wednesday morning at the scene of a crash on Fabyan Parkway, he recalled the woman who died in the accident, his niece, as a happy person who leaves behind many friends.
He was one of a few family members at the scene who waited for updates from authorities as emergency workers attended to the vehicles involved.
Monica Warner, 23, of North Aurora, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 6 a.m. in the 200 block of Fabyan Parkway in Geneva. She was driving a 2002 Saturn and was exiting west from a private driveway on the south side of the road. Her vehicle then was struck by a 2006 Mack dump truck traveling east. Extrication was needed from the vehicle.
Nathaniel Warner said his niece was leaving work after a night shift at Batavia Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, 520 E. Fabyan Parkway in Batavia, where he said she worked as a nurse.
He described her as “a good kid” who was good-spirited and laughed a lot. He said she graduated high school in the area and had a lot of friends. He said she’s been working since she graduated high school and took some college courses in nursing. He said she also often attended church.
According to a news release from the Batavia Fire Department, the driver of the dump truck initially was treated at the scene and later was transported to Delnor Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
The crash is under investigation by the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team in conjunction with the Geneva Police Department. It is unknown whether anyone will be charged.
The roadway was blocked for several hours Wednesday morning and opened shortly before 11 a.m.