Man From Aurora Dies After DUI Crash That Crushed Minivan Near Fox Valley Mall

According to police, an Aurora man died on Thursday after he was engaged in a DUI crash that left him stuck in a minivan underneath the trailer of a semi in the west suburb.

The crash happened at the intersection of Commons and McCoy drives near Fox Valley Mall around 11:35 p.m. on Wednesday.

Paul E. Lydston, 43, was traveling east on McCoy in a 2014 Chrysler Town and County when he supposedly blew a red light at Commons and struck a northbound 1995 Freightliner.

The minivan was stuck underneath the trailer and dragged around 100 feet before coming to a halt, police said. Lydston was removed from the vehicle and taken in serious condition to a hospital in Aurora. He was later carried to another hospital in the suburbs, where his condition stabilized.

Aurora police said in a Facebook post later on Thursday morning that Lydston had died at 6:22 a.m. They extended their condolences to his family.

The 28-year-old man driving the semi refused medical treatment, police said. The two men were the only ones in each of their vehicles.

Commons was closed from Westbrook Drive to Raintree Court and McCoy was closed from Gregory Street to the entrance of the Fox Valley Mall until just after 7 a.m. on Thursday for an investigation, police said.

Lydston was cited for two counts of DUI, violating a traffic control device and driving an uninsured vehicle, police said.

Illinois State Police, Naperville police, and volunteers from Aurora’s Emergency Management Agency assisted in the investigation.


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