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.”

Fatal Algonquin Pedestrian Accident At W. Algonquin and Crystal Lake Rd

Man Dies Following Fatal Algonquin Pedestrian Accident

There was a fatal Algonquin pedestrian accident on October 31, 2018 after which the man hit by a vehicle died.

According to police, this fatal Algonquin pedestrian accident happened at the intersection of W. Algonquin Road and Crystal Lake Road.  At approximately 6:12 p.m., a man was attempting to cross Algonquin Road when he was hit by a westbound vehicle.

The man was critically hurt, and taken to Northwestern Medicine Huntley.  He was later was transferred to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he later died.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the man was identified as David Popovich, 53, of Lake in the Hills.

An excerpt regarding this fatal Algonquin pedestrian accident, from the October 31, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle in Algonquin“:

The driver of the vehicle, a 50-year-old woman from Algonquin, was not injured and showed no signs of impairment, according to police.

No charges were laid in the investigation, police said.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Algonquin Pedestrian Accident

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the as well as the November 6 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Lake in the Hills Man Dies After Struck By Car.”

Fatal Crystal Lake Pedestrian Accident On Randall Road

Fatal McHenry County Pedestrian Accident

There was a fatal Crystal Lake pedestrian accident early Sunday (September 16, 2018) morning.  The accident happened on Randall Road.

Details on this Crystal Lake pedestrian accident appear somewhat limited at this time.

According to Crystal Lake Police, a 38-year-old man from Mahomet, Illinois was crossing Randall Road near Angela Lane at approximately 12:36 a.m. when he was hit by a northbound pickup truck.  The man was then struck by a Dodge Charger also traveling northbound.

The pedestrian killed. was later identified as Bryan C. Reigart.  A subsequent autopsy revealed multiple injuries.  An excerpt from the September 16, 2018 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Coroner IDs Pedestrian Killed While Crossing Randall“:

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office’s preliminary investigation has revealed Reigart died from blunt force injuries of the head, chest and abdomen.

Another excerpt regarding this fatal Crystal Lake pedestrian accident from the September 16, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Pedestrian killed when hit by pickup truck in Crystal Lake“:

The death remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Accident Investigation Team and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office, authorities said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crystal Lake Police Department at (815) 356-3620 or can send an anonymous tip to police by texting the word “CLPDTIP” along with the information to 847411 (tip411).

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Crystal Lake Pedestrian Accident

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

Road Hazards And Road Debris In Illinois And McHenry County

Road hazards and the threat they present to traffic safety is discussed on the “McHenry County Road Hazards” page.  As seen on that page, road hazards can take many forms.  Among the most dangerous road hazards are those objects that hit vehicles as they drive down the expressway or other roadway.  These objects can include tires and wheels which have detached (often called “wheel separations”) from other vehicles.  One such Chicago-area accident that involved a wheel that had detached off of a SUV and fatally struck a driver in a car as the driver was traveling on the Bishop Ford Freeway.

Other types of road hazards can include high standing water on the roadway.  Depending on the depth of the water and other characteristics, this standing water can cause hydroplaning or other adverse impacts on vehicle handling, which can lead to a loss of vehicle control.

Another type of road hazard is large potholes or other types of substantial road deformities which, if hit by a vehicle, can cause the driver to lose control.

One of the reasons that road hazards are potentially dangerous is that they often are unexpected; as well, they can suddenly appear and as such may leave the motorist with little reaction time to successfully react to the hazard.

As well, if the motorist is driving at night or other situations with limited visibility, these road hazards can be especially problematical.

On August 30, 2018 NBC Chicago aired a video segment titled “More Than 9,000 Crashes on Illinois Roads Caused By Debris.”  The segment discusses one type of road hazard, debris that is sitting on the roadway.  If hit or run over by a vehicle, such debris can cause a range of adverse effects, including a loss of control and/or a crash.  As seen in the segment, many people have been injured and some have been killed due to road debris.

An excerpt from the article:

Seventeen people have been killed in crashes caused by debris on Illinois roadways, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s most recent data.

From 2012 to 2016, more than 9,000 accidents have resulted in more than 1,500 people injured.

As seen in the segment, there is a wide range of items that IDOT has found on the roadway, including kitchen sinks, grills, and mattresses.

Additional details and possible updates concerning road hazards and road debris can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Motorcycle Accident Near Marengo Injures Motorcyclist And Passenger

McHenry County Motorcycle Accident

There was a motorcycle accident near Marengo Wednesday (August 29, 2018) afternoon.  The accident involved a motorcycle that was “rear-ended” by a pickup truck.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the August 30, 2018 Northwest Herald article titled “2 people on motorcycle taken to hospital after Marengo-area crash

About 12:30 p.m., the motorcycle pulled up to the intersection of Route 23 and Grange Road and stopped. As the driver waited to make a turn, a driver in a pickup truck rear-ended the motorcycle, Marengo Fire Protection District Assistant Chief John Kimmel said.

After the crash, the pickup truck rolled into Route 23, where a second truck rear-ended the pickup, Kimmel said.

The motorcyclist and passenger suffered injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature, and were taken to Centegra Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.

Additional Information Concerning This Motorcycle Accident Near Marengo

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

Fatal Car Crash Near Huntley Along Huntley Road Leads To Death Of Driver

McHenry County Fatal Car Crash

There was a fatal car crash near Huntley that occurred Sunday (July 29, 2018) morning.  Although this fatal crash remains under investigation, the single-vehicle crash appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control after which the car left the roadway.  The driver of the car was identified as Lilith R. Okopski, 18, of Carpentersville.

An excerpt regarding this fatal car crash near Huntley, as seen in the July 30, 2018 Northwest Herald article titled “Coroner IDs Huntley crash victim as Carpentersville teen“:

Huntley Fire Protection District crews responded at 7:09 p.m. Sunday to the 13400 block of Marengo Road.

A preliminary investigation indicates that Okopski was driving a 1997 Acura CL southeast when it veered off the road for unknown reasons, according to a separate release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle traveled through a cornfield before colliding with a tree. Because the vehicle was concealed within a tree line, the crash was not immediately reported, according to the release.

According to preliminary accident investigation findings, although first responders went to the accident scene in the evening, the crash is believed to happened hours earlier, in the morning.  As seen in photos, the accident scene was near a corn field and was partially concealed from the roadway.

Okopski was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Huntley Police Department, McHenry County Accident Investigation Team and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Car Crash Near Huntley

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal car crash near Huntley can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 30 Huntley Patch article titled “Teen Found Hours After Fatal Crash:  Police.”

Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision In Unincorporated Dunham Township

McHenry County Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision 

There was a fatal two-vehicle collision early Friday (July 13, 2018) morning in unincorporated Dunham Township.  The accident involved a “head-on collision” between a Toyota Prius and a semi truck.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, in a July 13, 2018 news release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Fatal Crash,” first responders began to go to the accident scene, which was in the 2000 block of North Route 23, at 2:29 a.m.

An excerpt from the news release:

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Toyota, driven by the 48-year-old man, was traveling northbound on North Route 23, while the Freightliner, driven by a 57-year-old Cross Plaines, Wisconsin woman, was traveling southbound.  For unknown reasons, the Toyota crossed the center line of North Route 23 and struck the Freightliner head-on.

The driver and passenger of the Toyota were both pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other occupants in the Toyota. The driver and sole occupant of the Freightliner did not sustain any injuries.  All occupants were wearing seat belts and airbags deployed in the Toyota.  That area of North Route 23 was closed for approximately 7 hours. Dunham Township assisted with the road closure.

The driver of the Toyota has been identified as a 48-year-old man from Harvard; the passenger was identified as an 18-year-old man.

The reason for the apparent loss of vehicle control that caused the Toyota Prius to cross the center line has not been publicly disclosed at this time.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit as well as the McHenry County Coroners’ Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision

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

Harvard Car-Motorcycle Collision Causes Life-Threatening Injuries

Car-Motorcycle Collision Causes Life-Threatening Injuries

There was a car-motorcycle collision Sunday (June 3, 2018) evening in Harvard.  The collision critically injured two motorcyclists.

The accident investigation has found that the driver of the car, identified as Yonatan Escobar-Albarran, 18, of Harvard, was driving south on Marengo Road at the time of the accident.  His car collided with two motorcyclists who were traveling westbound on West Brink Street.

Harvard first responders went to the accident scene at 4:46 p.m.

The motorcyclists were flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the June 5, 2018 Northwest Herald article titled “Teen driver charged in Harvard motorcycle-car crash set to appear in court“:

Yonatan Escobar-Albarran was issued two citations and is set to appear in court July 2. He has been charged with failure to yield at a stop/yield intersection and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash after colliding with a motorcycle at the intersection of Marengo Road and West Brink Street.

The preliminary accident investigation, which involved an accident reconstruction, was conducted by the Harvard Police Department with assistance from the Harvard Fire Department and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry County Car-Motorcycle Collision

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