$209,000 Lawsuit Settlement In Motorcycle Accident Injury Case

A $209,000 lawsuit settlement was attained by the Elman Joseph Law Group. This $209,000 lawsuit settlement pertained to a motorcycle accident injury case. The plaintiff was Javier Cotto and the defendant was Joan Eklund. [Name of case; Javier Cotto vs. Joan Eklund, 19 L 51 (Will County, IL); Name of (lead) lawyer: Anthony R. Elman with co-counsel attorneys, Lerner and Rowe]

The underlying motorcycle accident occurred in Crest Hill, Illinois on December 16, 2017. On that day, a motorcyclist, Javier Cotto, 34, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle eastbound along Theodore Street. At the intersection of Theodore Street and Rock Run Drive, Cotto alleges that a westbound Toyota Camry driven by Joan Eklund was attempting to make a left-hand turn and failed to yield the right-of-way, and the Camry collided with Cotto’s motorcycle. This type of motorcycle accident, in which a vehicle making a left-hand turn hits a motorcycle, is a common cause of motorcycle accidents, including McHenry County motorcycle accidents. These collisions are often highly physically traumatic to the motorcyclist, and in many cases cause serious accident injuries. Some of these injuries lead to fatalities.

Joan Eklund filed many affirmative defenses against Javier Cotto, alleging that he failed to keep a proper lookout; failed to keep his motorcycle in proper lane of travel; operated his motorcycle too fast for conditions; failed to yield the right of way to defendant’s vehicle; disobeyed a traffic signal; failed to activate the horn; and failed to avoid impact.

Like many motorcyclists who are injured during accidents, Cotto suffered many injuries during the collision. These injuries included those to the neck, back, and leg. His medical treatment included being taken to the hospital and being treated in the emergency room (ER), epidural injections, and chiropractic sessions.

Joan Eklund’s insurance company, Farmer’s Insurance, offered $100,000 at or near the time the lawsuit was filed.

The $209,000 lawsuit settlement discussed above is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing an accident injury case to a successful conclusion. Over the last 25+ years, the firm has won many high settlements and jury trial awards. This success has involved a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases. Many of these settlements and trial awards are discussed on the “About” page.

Among the awards received by the Elman Joseph Law Group is that Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has been named an “ Illinois Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, a distinction granted to no more than the Top 5% of lawyers. Furthermore, Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, received a lifetime achievement award by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter testifying to his very extensive court trial experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.

Jury Trials Experience Award Presented To Anthony R. Elman

Jury trials experience can be a critical legal advantage for a plaintiff hoping to receive substantial vehicle accident injury compensation.

As seen on this site, many injuries resulting from McHenry County accidents often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Extensive medical care, even if the patient has insurance, can be very costly. As well, depending upon the injury, there can be other financial hardships such as loss of income either on a temporary or permanent basis.

Following these accident injuries, those who are injured due to the negligence of others often seek to get injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. In those instances where negligence has led to a fatality, relevant parties may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, recently received a lifetime achievement award testifying to his leading jury trials experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.

On October 24, 2019 more than 300 trial attorneys and Illinois judges attended the annual Trial Lawyer Excellence Award event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This event is hosted by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Chicago-based Law Bulletin Media.  The event recognizes the state’s top civil litigation attorneys.

An excerpt from the 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award page:

Fifty-four professionals from both sides of the trial bar received individual Trial Lawyer Excellence awards in one of seventeen 2019 categories.

At this Trial Lawyer Excellence Award Event, Anthony R. Elman received the special Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter historical recognition for “the most reported jury trials as a plaintiff attorney” during the last 30 years.  This award, as well as other awards, verdicts and settlements indicates the level of experience and proven results that the Elman Law Group has achieved in Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

This level of jury trials experience has proven valuable to Elman Law Group clients.  Many clients have received substantially more money for their injuries after the Elman Law Group took their lawsuits to court after settlement offers proved inadequate.

Anthony Elman has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. This designation, which is based upon various criteria encompassing lawyer performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.

Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 25 years.  During this 25+ year period, the Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  This breadth of experience and success in jury trials provides valuable insights in determining the course of action that will lead to the optimal resolution of a personal injury or wrongful death case.

Additional information concerning the Elman Law Group and its performance can be seen on the “About” page.

Injury Accident Results In $350,000 Lawsuit Settlement

An injury accident is something that often occurs on Chicago area expressways. Some of these accident injuries result in one or more fatalities. Some of these accidents are rear-end collisions. On this site, many McHenry County injury accidents have been summarized.

The Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has handled many Chicago area expressway accidents. It recently settled a lawsuit that involved an expressway accident. The case, which settled in October 2019, involved a woman who was “rear-ended” by an ambulance while the woman was driving on the expressway.

Frederick Joseph III, a partner and winning personal injury trial lawyer at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, settled this motor vehicle injury case for $350,000.

The $350,000 settlement was achieved by the Elman Joseph Law Group after the final settlement offer by the ambulance company was only $6,000.

The rear-end collision happened when the plaintiff, Michalia Agins, 22 years old, was driving back home to Chicago after visiting her parents. When traffic slowed down on the expressway (eastbound I-90), Ms. Agins was “rear-ended” by an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a medical patient from one hospital to another. The ambulance had no lights or sirens activated at the time of the accident.

Ms. Agins started feeling pain immediately in her neck, back, and her shoulder (the same shoulder she previously had surgery on to repair a sports injury). Thankfully, she was able to drive her vehicle home from the scene but as the pain got worse, Michalia sought medical treatment. She underwent months of physical therapy; however, doctors advised Michalia that she was going to need surgery on her shoulder to repair a torn tendon from the collision. The recovery process was long and painful, and Michalia was forced to quit her job as a hair stylist.

Illinois has very strict legal protections for ambulance companies, both public and private. The laws in Illinois can make it very difficult to get a substantial recovery against an ambulance company. Superior Ambulance initially refused to offer anything to settle the case. Before the case was transferred to The Elman Joseph Law Group, the final offer to settle was only $6,000.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC immediately filed suit and began the discovery process. A dashcam video inside the ambulance showed that the driver (who was on a 24 hour shift) was falling asleep at the wheel. Before the impact, his eyes were shut for at least three seconds on the highway. As the investigation continued, Anthony R. Elman and Frederick Joseph put together a strong case for Ms. Agins and prepared for trial. Before trial, Frederick Joseph negotiated a settlement with the defendants in the amount of $350,000.

This Chicago area expressway accident lawsuit settlement is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing a challenging case to a successful conclusion. The trial lawyers at the firm have many high settlements and jury trial awards over the course of the last 25+ years. This success has been achieved across a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases. Some of these notable settlements and jury trial awards involving an injury accident are further discussed on the “About” page.

$775,000 Injury Lawsuit Settlement Attained After Woman Hit By Vehicle

A $775,000 injury lawsuit settlement has recently been attained by the Elman Law Group. The underlying pedestrian accident injury occurred in Chicago.

The case involved an 80-year-old woman, Georgina Melendez, who was struck by a vehicle on March 11, 2017.  The accident occurred at 8:00 p.m. at the corner of Ashland and Leland.

According to the police report, the defendant and two witnesses both indicated that at the time of the accident the intersection was dark, and the plaintiff was wearing dark, non-contrasting clothing.

Claimed harm to Georgina Melendez included a dislocated left knee with a post-operative blood clot.  Specifically, the knee injury was an acute complete ACL rupture, with associated slight anterior translation of the proximal tibia relative to the distal femur.

After the operation, the orthopedic surgeon indicated that Georgina Melendez made a nearly full and complete recovery.

Medical bills related to the initial knee surgery were approximately $220,000.

The defendant was insured by State Farm Insurance.

In addition to this $775,000 lawsuit settlement Elman Law Group has achieved notable settlements and jury verdicts across a range of Illinois personal injury cases.  Over the last 25+ years, Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this time, Elman Law Group has established a reputation for its court trial performance.  As often seen, the Elman Law Group’s ability to win court cases has often resulted in significantly higher monetary amounts for its clients. Some of the more notable awards and accomplishments are highlighted on the “About” page.

Thomson Reuters has named Anthony Elman, the Lead Trial Attorney for the Elman Law Group, as a “Super Lawyer.” This designation, which is based upon various factors including a lawyer’s performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.

As seen in the $775,000 lawsuit settlement summarized above, medical costs to treat pedestrian accident injuries are often substantial. Unfortunately, when a person is hit by a vehicle a broad range of serious injuries can result. As seen in the McHenry County pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, many such accidents lead to life-threatening injuries, and some result in fatalities.

Port Barrington Motorcycle Crash Leads To Injuries

Motorcycle Crash In McHenry County

A Port Barrington motorcycle crash resulted in the motorcyclist suffering non-life-threatening injuries. This Port Barrington motorcycle crash occurred Saturday (June 27, 2020) evening.

The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the June 30, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “Motorcyclist injured after crash in Port Barrington.”

An excerpt from the article:

The Wauconda Fire District and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:11 p.m. Saturday to the 600 block of Rawson Bridge Road in Port Barrington for a single-vehicle crash.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said that a 2011 Yamaha Stryker motorcycle was traveling westbound on Rawson Bridge Road.

The driver, a 39-year-old Chicago man, failed to navigate the curve near the Broken Oar Bar and Grill and crashed into the guardrail.

The motorcyclist was taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for treatment of his accident injuries.

This Port Barrington motorcycle crash remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Port Barrington Motorcycle Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Motorcycle accidents caused by loss of control continue to be a leading cause of Illinois motorcycle accidents. As seen in McHenry County motorcycle accidents discussed on this site, these accidents can result in a wide range of injuries. These injuries can vary significantly in their severity, with many being life-threatening in nature.

There are many reasons as to why these crashes can occur. The various reasons are further discussed on the “McHenry County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. As seen on that page, while some loss of control accidents are caused by rider error, some are outside the control of the motorcyclist. For those that are the fault of the rider, one of the most common reasons for a sudden loss of control is if a curve in the road is taken at too high of a speed.

Rear-End Collision Near Woodstock Injures Three People

McHenry County Rear-End Collision

A rear-end collision occurred near Woodstock on Thursday ( June 25, 2020) morning. This rear-end collision resulted in three people being injured and being taken to the hospital.

This accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the June 25, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “3 hospitalized after Jeep slams into rear of a van near Woodstock.”

An excerpt from the article:

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 11:50 a.m. Thursday to Charles Road and Timberline Trail in unincorporated Woodstock for a vehicle crash.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said that a 2013 Nissan cargo van had been stopped in traffic due to tree trimmers.

The rear-end collision occurred when a 2018 Jeep Renegade struck the back of the Nissan cargo van. As seen in the accident scene photo, extensive damage occurred to the Jeep Renegade.

Three people – the driver of the Jeep, the driver of the Nissan, and a passenger in the Nissan – were all injured and taken to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Woodstock. All of the injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Another excerpt from the article:

The driver of the Jeep was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Rogers said.

Additional Details Regarding This Accident Near Woodstock

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the article.

When a vehicle runs into the back of another vehicle, various accident injuries can occur. Among the most common injury is whiplash. However, many other injuries can occur. Some of these injuries can be very serious in nature.

The Elman Joseph Law Group recently handled a lawsuit in which a driver was “rear-ended” while driving on a Chicago area expressway. Lawyers at the firm settled the case for $350,000. That lawsuit and the underlying accident are discussed in the “Injury Accident Results In $350,000 Lawsuit Settlement” post.

Crystal Lake Motorcycle Accident Along Route 31 South Of Drake Drive

McHenry County Fatal Motorcycle Accident

A fatal Crystal Lake motorcycle accident occurred Tuesday (June 2, 2020) afternoon. This Crystal Lake motorcycle accident involved a collision between two SUVs and a motorcycle.

The accident scene was located at Route 31 south of Drake Drive. First responders, including the Crystal Lake fire and police departments, began to go the accident scene at 4:38 p.m.

This Crystal Lake motorcycle accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the Lake & McHenry County Scanner post titled “Man charged after 1 dead when 2 vehicles, motorcycle collide in Crystal Lake.”

Two excerpts:

Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said that an investigation showed that a black Ford SUV was traveling northbound on Route 31 when it collided with a silver Jeep SUV that was also traveling northbound.

The Jeep crossed into the southbound lane of traffic where it crashed into a motorcycle, driven by an adult male.

also:

The Ford SUV was driven by Robert A. Roth, 69, of Crystal Lake. He was found to be driving with a blood alcohol content level of more than 0.08, which is over the legal limit, Kotlowski said.

Roth was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol causing death and two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The motorcyclist was declared dead after being taken to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry.

The accident remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Accident Investigation Team and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. Those who witnessed the accident or otherwise have information concerning the accident are asked to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620.

Additional Details Regarding This Crystal Lake Motorcycle Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Crystal Lake motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

As discussed on the “McHenry County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page, one of the many causes of motorcycle accidents is due to the actions of drunk drivers. Often, motorcyclists are vulnerable to motorist drunk driving. As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents, collisions between drunk drivers and motorcyclists often result in motorcyclist fatalities.

Holiday Hills Motorcycle Collision Along South River Road

McHenry County SUV-Motorcycle Collision

A Holiday Hills motorcycle collision occurred Wednesday (June 3, 2020) evening. This Holiday Hills motorcycle collision led to the death of one motorcyclist and injuries to two others. The accident scene was in the in the 2300 block of South River Road.

This fatal Illinois motorcycle accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the June 4, 2020 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigating A Fatal Motorcycle Crash.” An excerpt:

On June 3, 2020 at 7:26 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Department of Natural Resource Police, Island Lake Police Department, Nunda Rural Township Fire/Rescue, and McHenry Township Fire/Rescue District responded to a three vehicle crash involving a 2017 Acura TLX, a 2003 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy Motorcycle, and a 2005 Harley-Davidson Trike that had crashed on South River Road, north of Sunset Drive.

On scene investigation indicated the Acura had been traveling northbound on South River Road.  For unknown reasons the Acura, driven by a 20-year-old McHenry woman, went into the southbound lane of traffic where it struck both motorcycles causing the riders to be ejected from the bikes.

The rider of the 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a 56-year-old McHenry woman, was taken to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville. She was pronounced dead there. The Lake County Coroner’s Office later identified her as Victoria Miller, 56, McHenry.

A passenger on this motorcycle, a 9-year-old from Louisiana, was seriously injured and taken to Northwestern Hospital in McHenry.

Another motorcyclist, the rider of the 2003 Harley-Davidson, was critically injured. He was identified as a 65-year-old McHenry man. He was flown by helicopter to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville.

At the time of this Holiday Hills motorcycle collision, neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet but the 9-year-old passenger was.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit, Holiday Hill Police Department, and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Holiday Hills Motorcycle Collision 

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

Unincorporated Hebron Car Crash Leads To One Fatality

McHenry County Fatal Car Crash

An unincorporated Hebron car crash occurred Monday (May 18, 2020) afternoon. This unincorporated Hebron car crash led to the death of one person, and injuries to two others. The accident involved two vehicles. A preliminary investigation indicates that one vehicle had improper lane usage; a vehicle crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

This accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 19, 2020 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Two Vehicle Fatal Crash Investigation.”

An excerpt from this release:

A 41-year-old McHenry man has died and a 56-year-old McHenry man and a 42-year-old Chicago man were hospitalized as a result of a two vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon. The crash occurred in the 11500 block of Vanderkarr Road, unincorporated Hebron.

On May 18, 2020 at 2:29 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Hebron Alden Fire Protection District, Richmond Fire Protection District, Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, Woodstock Fire Rescue, and Harvard Fire Protection District responded to a two vehicle crash involving a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2003 Chevrolet 3500 Cargo Van that crashed on Vanderkarr Road, west of Kemman Road.

The scene investigation indicated the Jeep, driven by William P Bishop, had been traveling westbound on Vanderkarr Road and for unknown reasons the Jeep failed to stay within its lane of traffic.  The Jeep continued westbound into the eastbound lane of traffic and onto the eastbound shoulder where it struck the front of an eastbound Chevrolet.

The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the accident scene. He was later identified as Jason Miller, 41, of McHenry. The passenger of the Chevrolet was taken to the hospital with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

William Bishop was taken to the hospital with injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

The accident investigation revealed that both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. However, the passenger in the Chevrolet was not.

Airbags deployed in both vehicles.

Bishop was initially cited for improper lane usage. However, he was subsequently charged with other charges as the crash was allegedly intentional. Details can be found in the Lake & McHenry County Scanner article of June 9, 2020 titled “Man charged with murder for intentionally crashing into other vehicle…

An accident scene photo indicates that one vehicle rolled over during the crash.

This unincorporated Hebron car crash remains under investigation. The investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit as well as the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Unincorporated Hebron Car Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release seen above.

Marengo DUI Crash Injures Three Adults And Two Children

McHenry County DUI Crash

On Thursday (March 12, 2020) there was a Marengo DUI crash that led to five people being injured. This Marengo DUI crash involved two vehicles.

The accident is discussed in the March 13, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “Man charged with DUI after 5 injured, including 2 children, in Marengo crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

Chad Morin, 45, of the 800 block of Hickory Court in Marengo, was charged with driving under the fluence and improper lane usage.

The Marengo Police Department and Marengo Fire and Rescue Districts responded around 3:20 p.m. Thursday to the area of the Taco Bell, 19800 East Grant Highway, for a report of a rollover crash with injuries.

Marengo Police Department Public Information Officer Andrew Kjellgren said a maroon Honda SUV, driven by Morin, left the roadway and struck a silver Ford SUV. The collision caused the Ford to roll over.

All five people injured in this accident were taken to the hospital and subsequently released.

Additional Details Regarding This Marengo DUI Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Marengo DUI crash can be seen in the article mentioned above, as well as other media sources.

Driving while impaired, whether on alcohol or drugs, continues to present a serious traffic safety issue. Many McHenry County DUI crashes have been summarized on this site. These accidents are summarized in posts found under the “DUI” category. As seen in these posts, many of these accidents have resulted in either serious injuries, critical injuries, or fatalities. While, in the past, most accidents involving driver impairment was caused by the driver drinking alcohol prior to driving, in recent years there has been a large increase in drug-impaired driving. This drug-impaired driving often leads to severe accidents due to the resulting level of driver impairment.

Various aspects of this drug-impaired driving is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Caused By Drug-Impaired Drivers” page.

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McHenry Head-On Crash Along Route 31 Injures Two Drivers

McHenry County Accident Injures Two People

A McHenry head-on crash occurred Monday (February 10, 2020) afternoon. This McHenry head-on crash injured two drivers. The collision happened along Route 31, just south of Route 120.

This McHenry County accident is discussed in various media sources, including the February 10, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “Police officer among 2 injured after head-on crash in McHenry.” An excerpt:

A 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was travelling southbound on Route 31 when it struck a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup, which had pulled over to yield to the police car, Walsh said.

The Chevrolet pickup then struck the police car, a 2013 Ford Interceptor sedan. The police car’s emergency lights and siren had been activated when the crash occurred.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup as well as the police office both were injured and taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital for medical treatment. Their injuries were considered to be minor injuries. The driver of the Dodge pickup was not injured during the crash.

The accident investigation is ongoing. Those with information concerning the accident are asked to contact the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2200. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the McHenry Police Department tip line at 815-363-2124.

Additional Information Concerning This McHenry Head-On Crash

Additional information concerning this McHenry head-on crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Further discussion of head-on crashes can be seen on the “McHenry County ‘Head-On’ Collisions” page. As seen on that page, there are a number of McHenry County crashes of this type that have resulted in serious accident injuries. By their nature, such frontal collisions transmit a tremendous amount of force to the vehicles involved. Often, vehicle occupants are injured as they are subjected to great and unnatural forces. It is not uncommon for such injuries to be fatal in nature. This is especially likely if the vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Unincorporated Woodstock Fatal Car Crash Along Nelson Road

McHenry County Fatal Car Crash

An unincorporated Woodstock fatal car crash occurred northwest of Woodstock on Saturday (December 28, 2019) afternoon. This unincorporated Woodstock fatal car crash led to the death of a man, and injuries to the female driver. The crash happened after the car left the roadway. Accident scene photos show significant damage to the car.

This crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the December 30, 2019 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “1 Killed, 1 Charged With DUI McHenry County Crash.”

An excerpt:

A 45-year-old Wonder Lake woman who was behind the wheel in a fatal, single-vehicle crash Saturday now faces a drunken driving charge. A passenger in her car, a 44-year-old Capron man, was killed in the collision, authorities said.

The crash happened in the 16000 block of Nelson Road in unincorporated Woodstock at 1:07 p.m. when the car went off the roadway and crashed into a tree, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the car (a 2009 Mitsubishi Galant) was identified as Shannon Velmont, 45, of Wonder Lake. After being extricated from the vehicle, she was flown to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford for treatment of her accident injuries. Those accident injuries, although unspecified, are described as being serious injuries.

She faces various charges including driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, both the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. There was also airbag deployment.

This unincorporated Woodstock fatal car crash remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal DUI Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in various media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 28 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “Man killed in single-vehicle crash near Woodstock; driver charged with DUI.”

Categories DUI

Unincorporated Woodstock Fatal Single-Car Accident

Fatal McHenry County Rollover Accident

An Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident led to one fatality and two other vehicle occupants suffering life-threatening injuries. This Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident occurred early in the morning of November 24, 2019. The crash occurred in the 11100 block of Charles Road, which is in unincorporated Woodstock.

The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 25, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office post titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates A Single-Vehicle Fatal Crash.” An excerpt:

On November 24, 2019 at 2:03 a.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, and Wonder Lake Fire/Rescue responded to a single vehicle crash involving a 2019 Toyota Camry that had crashed into a utility pole and tree on Charles Road west of Queen Anne Road.

On-scene investigation indicated that the Toyota had been traveling westbound on Charles Road. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway to the north and struck the utility pole, the tree, and rolled onto its side.

The driver of the Toyota, Shawn Brautigam, 32, was flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville where he remains in critical condition.  One passenger, a 44-year-old Wheaton woman, was also flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville where she remains in serious condition. Another passenger, a 34-year-old Woodstock man, was ejected from the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in Woodstock. He was flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford where he was later pronounced deceased.  

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Brautigam was subsequently charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

This Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit as well as the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details And Possible Updates  

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release mentioned above.

Various aspects of rollover accidents – including steps to take to prevent serious accidents that might occur during such crashes – are discussed on the “McHenry County Rollover Accidents” page.