Unincorporated Harvard SUV Crash Leads To Fatality

McHenry County Fatal Crash

There was a fatal unincorporated Harvard SUV crash on Sunday, August 11, 2019. This fatal unincorporated Harvard SUV crash was a single-vehicle crash.

The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the August 12, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates A Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash.” An excerpt:

On August 11, 2019 at 7:24 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, McHenry County Conservation Police, and the Harvard Fire/Rescue District responded to a single vehicle crash involving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450 that had crashed into two trees on Oak Grove Road west of Illinois Route 14.

On-scene investigation indicated that the Mercedes-Benz had been traveling eastbound on Oak Grove Road. For unknown reasons the Mercedes-Benz crossed over the westbound lane of travel and exited the roadway to the north where it struck two trees and rolled onto its side.

A passenger in the SUV, identified as a 28-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the accident scene. 

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, identified as a 32-year-old man from Niles, was seriously injured. He was flown by helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford for medical treatment.

The accident investigation continues is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Concerning This Unincorporated Harvard SUV Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal SUV accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Accidents in which the vehicle leaves the roadway often lead to serious accident injuries, and possibly life-threatening harm. When a vehicle leaves the roadway, it is vulnerable to hitting a variety of fixed objects such as trees, utility poles, and buildings. The subject of accidents in which a vehicle leaves the roadway is further discussed on the “Accidents In Which Vehicles Leave The Roadway” page.

Motorcycle Crash Near Bull Valley Results In Fatal Injuries

McHenry County Fatal Motorcycle Accident

A June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash near Bull Valley resulted in fatal crash injuries to the rider. This single-vehicle accident occurred in the evening hours.

Details regarding this June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash appear limited at this time. The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

First responders went to the accident scene, which was on Bull Valley Road near Blackberry Lane, at approximately 11:45 p.m. The motorcyclist was taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was in critical condition.

The motorcyclist, identified by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office as Esteban “Steve” Tellez, 42, of Arlington Heights, later died from his accident injuries.

This June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash is discussed in a number of media sources, including the June 25, 2019 Northwest Herald article titled “McHenry County Coroner’s Office IDs man who died after Saturday night motorcycle crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

There is a sharp curve in the road in that area, which may have contributed to the crash, fire officials have said.

This June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash remains under investigation.

Additional Details Regarding This Motorcycle Crash Near Bull Valley

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the June 24 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “1 Dead in Bull Valley Motorcycle Crash.”

There can be many reasons for loss of motorcycle control. These reasons are further discussed on the “McHenry County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. Motorcycle loss of control remains a significant hazard to riders. This issue has led to a high percentage of fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents.

An excerpt from the above-mentioned page:

There are various, wide-ranging reasons as to why these losses of control can occur.  For instance, a defective motorcycle part or component can cause or contribute to a crash.  Another cause of loss of motorcycle control is if there is a tire blowout, which often leads to a loss of control crash.  Rider error or inattentiveness can also play a role.  Often a motorcycle accident investigation is needed to determine the cause of the loss of control.

Unincorporated McHenry Car Crash Involving A “Head-On Collision”

Fatal McHenry County Car Collision

There was a fatal unincorporated McHenry car crash early Saturday (May 11, 2019) morning. This McHenry County car crash involved a “head-on collision.”

This fatal accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 13, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Two Vehicle Crash.”

The crash involved two drivers, a 23-year-old man from Zion and a 56-year-old man from Gurnee. This unincorporated McHenry car crash happened in the 300 block of West Bay Road, which is in unincorporated McHenry Township.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as other first responders in the area, were called to the accident scene at 12:09 a.m.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release:

Preliminary investigation indicated that a 2004 Nissan Sentra, driven by the 23-year-old man, was traveling eastbound on West Bay Road.  A 2017 Toyota Sienna, driven by a 56-year-old man, was traveling westbound on West Bay Road.  For unknown reasons the Nissan entered the westbound lane of traffic and struck the Toyota head-on.      

The driver of the Nissan, after being extricated from the car by McHenry Township Fire and Rescue, was flown to Advocate Condell in Libertyville. He was pronounced deceased. 

The driver of the Toyota Sienna was taken to Northwestern Hospital in McHenry for treatment of his accident injuries. Those injuries were considered to be minor in nature.

The driver of the Toyota was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.

The accident investigation is being conducted the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the Lake County Coroner’s Office. 

Additional Details Regarding This Unincorporated McHenry Car Crash

Additional details and possible update concerning this unincorporated McHenry car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Additional discussion of “head-on collisions” – which often lead to serious if not life-threatening accident injuries – can be found on the “McHenry County ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.

Snow-Related Crashes Throughout McHenry County

McHenry County Vehicle Accidents

There have been many snow-related crashes in the last day (February 14, 2019) in McHenry County that have been attributed to snow and drifting snow. These conditions, including some black ice formation, have led to adverse driving conditions.

Two media sources that discuss these adverse driving conditions are the February 14, 2019 Northwest Herald article titled “McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responds to 35 crashes, assists more than 100 motorists” as well as the February 13 abc7chicago.com article titled “Chicago Weather: Blowing snow leads to spinouts, crashes across area.”

As seen in these sources as well as others, these snow-related crashes involve many types of accidents. Among the crashes and accident types were spinouts, slide-offs,
 jackknifed semis, rollover accidents, multi-vehicle accidents (MVAs), and a collision between two semi trucks.

There were various injuries that occurred during these snow-related crashes.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article concerning the rollover accident mentioned above:

Harvard Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Don Davidson said police had sent his responders away because no injuries were reported.

Davidson said emergency crews responded Tuesday night to a rollover crash at Route 173 and White Oaks Road that resulted in four people being sent to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center in Harvard with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Additional Details Regarding These Snow-Related Crashes

Additional details regarding these snow-related crashes can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.

Adverse Driving Conditions Expected For McHenry County

Poor Driving Conditions Expected For McHenry County

An oncoming winter storm is expected to create adverse driving conditions throughout McHenry County as well as the broader Chicago metropolitan area over the next 2-3 days. Wind, snow, ice, and dropping temperatures are forecast.

Given these anticipated adverse driving conditions, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend.” (pdf)

Notable excerpts include:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm arriving this evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces.

also:

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow to begin this evening across northern and central Illinois, with totals ranging between 2 and 8 inches by Saturday evening. The southern part of the state is expected to see a mix of precipitation with the potential for icing. Gusty winds and low temperatures the remainder of the weekend will create blowing and drifting, reducing visibility to whiteout conditions at times and limiting the effectiveness of salt.

Motorists should expect slick conditions and remain extra cautious at all times.

The media release also offers travel tips for those who must travel. Among the more notable safety tips for adverse driving conditions include:

  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.

On this site, the benefits of wearing a seat belt – and the risks and potential consequences of not wearing a seat belt, should one be in a vehicle accident – are further discussed on the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.

Additional Details Regarding These Adverse Driving Conditions

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions for McHenry County and the surrounding areas can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Proper Passenger Restraint Law Regarding Children Under 2 Year Old

Proper Passenger Restraint To Avoid Serious Injuries

Proper passenger restraint remains one of the best ways to avoid potentially serious vehicle accident injuries. This proper passenger restraint can take many forms. One of the best and most effective safety measures a vehicle occupant can take is to wear a seat belt, or for children the use of child safety seats . The benefits of seat belts is further discussed in the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.

A new Illinois law takes effect for 2018 for proper passenger restraint regarding child safety seat usage. The new law is discussed in the sj-r.com article of December 28, 2018 titled “New rear-facing child car seat law goes into effect Tuesday.”

An excerpt from the article:

Children 2 years of age and younger will have to ride in rear-facing car seats when a new Illinois law takes effect Tuesday.

The state’s Child Passenger Protection Act, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 3, mandates a $75 fine for first-time violators with the fine going up to $200 for the second violation.

also:

“There will be lives saved because of this legislation,” said Doug Carlson, chairman of the department of pediatrics and professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

While the law affects children up to age 2, Carlson said parents “should consider keeping them in (car seats) longer as long as they can fit.”

Head and neck injuries, and to some extent chest and abdomen injuries, are lessened when children are in rear-facing seats, he added. That’s because those parts of the body are supported by the hard shell of the car seat allowing it to absorb most of the force.

Additional Details Regarding This Proper Passenger Restraint Law

Additional details regarding this new law regarding proper passenger restraint for children can be seen in the article above as well as the December 31 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Parents Prepare For New Car Seat Law Taking Effect.”

Fatal SUV Crash Near Woodstock Involving Adverse Road Conditions

McHenry County Fatal SUV Crash

There was a fatal SUV crash near Woodstock early Sunday (December 16, 2018) morning.  This fatal SUV crash near Woodstock involved a SUV striking a tree after the SUV left the roadway.

An excerpt regarding this fatal SUV crash near Woodstock, from the December 17, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Speed, weather played role in fatal Woodstock-area crash“:

Authorities say speed and weather conditions were factors in the crash that killed three Woodstock men when their SUV hit a tree early Sunday near Woodstock, officials said.

The 1994 Jeep Cherokee was northbound on the 3100 block of Lily Pond Road shortly after 3:30 a.m. when it left the road south of McConnell Road and struck a tree, the McHenry County sheriff’s office said.

The driver was identified as Ryan Fleming, 20, of Woodstock.  The two passengers were identified as Daisen Hollands, 21, and Quinlan Hartney, 20, both also from Woodstock.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office indicates that subsequent autopsies revealed that Fleming died from blunt trauma to the chest; Hollands died from blunt trauma to the spine and chest; and Hartney died from blunt trauma to the chest.

There was a fourth vehicle occupant, identified as a 20-year-old Woodstock man who suffered serious injuries.  He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

Reports indicate that none of the occupants in the Jeep Cherokee were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

This fatal SUV crash near Woodstock appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control.  As seen in the Daily Herald article mentioned above, additional details regarding road conditions at the time of the crash:

About 5 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office posted a travel advisory on Facebook citing dense fog and icy roads.

This fatal SUV crash near Woodstock remains under investigation.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal SUV Crash Near Woodstock

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the article mentioned above, as well as the December 17 CBS Chicago article titled “Three Young Men Killed In McHenry County Crash Identified.”

Alden Township Car Crash Involving Two Cars Injures Five People

Two-Vehicle McHenry County Collision

There was a Alden Township car crash Thursday (November 22, 2018) afternoon involving two vehicles.  Five people were injured during this Alden Township car crash.

This McHenry County car accident happened at the intersection of Alden Road and O’Brien Road.  An excerpt regading the crash, from the November 24, 2018 Northwest Herald, quoting McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers:

“A car with four occupants was northbound on Alden Road and did not have a stop sign. A SUV, with only one occupant, was traveling westbound on O’Brien and had a stop sign. The SUV failed to yield to the car, and the crash occurred at the intersection,” Rogers wrote.

All of the five people that were injured during this Alden Towship car crash had to be extricated from the vehicles.

Of the five people, one of the people was critically injured, and flown to Mercy Hospital in Rockford for treatment of accident injuries.

The four other people injured were taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, and Mercyhealth Hospital Medical Center in Harvard for medical treatment.

An excerpt from the November 23, 2018 Northwest Herald article, with accident scene photo, titled “5 injured, 1 in critical condition after 2-vehicle crash outside Hebron“:

Crews from Harvard, Woodstock, Wonder Lake, Richmond and two towns in Wisconsin assisted at the scene.

Responders from Spring Grove filled in at the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood station.

Additional Details Regarding This Alden Township Car Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Alden Township car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above as well as the November 23 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “5 Injured – 1 In ‘Very Critical’ Condition – In McHenry Co. Crash.”

Unincorporated Marengo Township Collision On Route 176

McHenry County Fatal Car Collision

There was a fatal unincorporated Marengo Township collision late Friday (November 16, 2018) afternoon in which a driver died at the accident scene.  The accident involved a failure to yield.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (in the November 19, 2018 media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash” this unincorporated Marengo Township collision occurred at the intersection of Route 176 and North Union Road.  The Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at 5:35 p.m.

An excerpt from the media release:

On Friday at 5:35 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Marengo, Union, and Woodstock Fire Protection Districts all responded to the crash involving a 2008 Kia Rio and a 2007 Ford F-150.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Kia, driven by the 40-year-old man, was traveling southbound on North Union Road and came to a stop sign.  The Ford, driven by an 80-year-old Marengo man, was traveling westbound on Route 176 and did not have a stop sign.  For unknown reasons the Kia failed to yield to the Ford and drove into the intersection where the vehicles collided.

The driver and sole occupant of the Kia was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in Huntley.  All occupants were wearing seat belts and airbags deployed in both vehicles.  That area of Route 176 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

The driver of the Kia has so far only been identified as a 40-year-old man from Belvidere.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigations Unit and the McHenry County Coroners’ Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Unincorporated Marengo Township Car Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal unincorporated Marengo Township collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Hartland Township Two-Car Collision Injures Three People

McHenry County Two-Car Collision

There was a Hartland Township two-car collision on Sunday (November 4, 2018).  Three people were injured and taken to the hospital following the crash.

Details on this Hartland Township two-car collision appear somewhat limited.  The cause of this McHenry County car crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

The accident happened at the intersection of Route 14 and Hughes Road and involved a Chrysler Sebring and a SUV.  The crash involved one vehicle “t-boning” the other vehicle at approximately 2:20 p.m.

Following the accident one vehicle occupant had to be extricated from a vehicle.

Of the three people injured, two people were taken to Mercy Hospital in Harvard for treatment of their accident injuries, and one person was taken to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital.

Additional Details Regarding This Hartland Township Two-Car Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Hartland Township two-car collision (“t-bone” crash) can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 5, 2018 Northwest Herald article titled “3 taken to hospital after Sunday afternoon crash in Hartland Township.”