Officers look into reason for crash

By Rasmieyh Abdelnabi

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office may file charges as an investigation continues into Sunday afternoon’s two-car collision that resulted in the serious injuries of a Cortland mother and her infant daughter. A third car was able to swerve out of the way.

On North Annie Glidden Road, a northbound black BMW carrying three people collided with a southbound beige Ford Windstar carrying five people. The driver of the BMW lost control and hit the Ford. The third car, a Ford Taurus, left the scene undamaged and the passengers were uninjured.

The investigation is ongoing and the cause of the accident is unknown. The slick roads from Sunday’s rains and car speed are possible causes, said Chief Deputy Kevin Hickey.

The driver of the BMW, former NIU student Osman Elmazi, 28, was initially taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital via helicopter. He was later taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, which was better equipped to handle the injuries, a family member said.

The passenger, Sknloige Elmazi, 24, and her child, 5-month-old Elisa Elmazi were taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center. The Elmazi family lives in Cortland.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Sknloige and Elisa Elmazi are in critical condition. Osman Elmazi’s condition has not been released.

The driver of the Windstar, NIU math professor Zhuan Ye, 47, was taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Passengers Mei Chen, 47, Allen Ye, 18, and 7-year-old Angelin Ye were taken to KCH. Four-year-old Anthana Ye was taken to St. Anthony’s, Scott said. The conditions of the victims are unknown. The Ye family is from Sycamore, and Chen is the director of information systems in the NIU engineering department.

Due to the conditions of the victims, the sheriff’s office is not rushing to complete the investigation, Scott said. Once they are more capable of speaking comfortably, that process will begin.

The BMW passengers were on their way to Wisconsin while the Windstar was going from Rockford to Sycamore. The accident occurred about eight miles north of Hillcrest Drive on North Annie Glidden Road, which was closed for three hours following the crash.