Head-On Collision In McHenry County

Two-Car Accident In McHenry County

There was a car accident involving a “head-on” collision on Sunday (May 25, 2014) in McHenry County.

This car accident happened as a man was driving south on River Road, and his car crossed the center line and collided with a woman’s car driving north.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article of May 25 titled “Two people injured in car accident near McHenry” :

The head-on collision took place about 3:05 p.m between the entrance of Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam Road, said McHenry Township Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Dave Hardwood.

While the names of the drivers weren’t released, the man was identified as a 21-year-old from Crystal Lake, and the woman was identified as being 59 years old and from Marengo.

The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle, and was taken to was flown to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville.  She was in serious, but stable, condition.

The man was also hospitalized.

This McHenry County accident remains under investigation.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Car Accident

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

Illinois Seat Belt Usage Campaign

Seat Belt Usage Campaign For McHenry County And Illinois

On May 20, 2014, the Illinois Department Of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release regarding the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  The news release is titled “IDOT, ISP, Local Law Enforcement Encourage All Motorists To ‘Click It or Ticket” to Help Avoid Fatal Vehicle Crashes.”

A couple of notable excerpts from this news release include:

With the arrival of Memorial Day and the start of the summer travel season, at several events throughout the state, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today highlighted data showing the ages of individuals who have died unbelted in motor vehicle crashes in recent years. This data was stressed as a reminder to people of all ages as the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies step up seat belt enforcement efforts heading into Memorial Day weekend as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

also:

Since 1985 in Illinois, IDOT estimates over 9,000 lives have been saved by seat belts. Illinois’ daytime, front-seat belt usage rate is almost 94 percent, yet motor vehicle fatality data shows people are still not buckling up.

“Even with a seat belt usage rate of nearly 94% in Illinois, motor vehicle crash data shows that half of those dying in vehicle crashes aren’t buckled,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “No matter where or when you’re traveling in Illinois, you must make the life-saving decision to buckle up.”

The news release also displays statistics regarding the number of people – and their ages – who have died in accidents from 2009-2013 while not wearing seat belts.

Various Information Concerning This McHenry County Driver Safety Issue

Additional details can be seen in the above-mentioned IDOT news release.

 

Fatal Car Accident In McHenry, Illinois

Single-Car Crash In McHenry County 

There was a fatal car accident in McHenry, Illinois on Monday afternoon, May 19, 2014.

This accident happened when a car, for unknown reasons, left the roadway and hit a tree in the 1100 block of Curran Road.  Emergency responders came to the scene at approximately 4:42 p.m.

After the collision, the car started on fire.

The driver of the car was pulled from the car before emergency responders arrived.  The driver was identified as John Thomas Oliver IV, 39, of McHenry.  According to the McHenry County Coroner he died at the accident scene at 5:05 p.m., having suffered multiple injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

McHenry Police are investigating the crash and its causes.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal McHenry County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 20, 2014 Northwest Herald article titled “Driver killed in single-vehicle accident” as well as the May 20 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Man killed in McHenry crash.”

Single-Car Rollover Accident In Marengo, Illinois

Single-Car Accident In McHenry County 

There was a single-car rollover accident in Marengo, Illinois on Sunday afternoon, May 18, 2014.

This accident involved a car that was traveling on Deerpass Road, and when it was about a quarter mile north of Route 176, it (for unknown reasons) left the roadway, struck a ditch, and rolled over.  Emergency responders were called to the accident scene just after 4:00 p.m.

The car’s female driver and a male passenger were airlifted to Rockford hospitals; two other passengers, a man and a boy, were taken to Centegra Hospital in Woodstock.

The accident remains under investigation by Marengo Police Department.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 18, 2014 Northwest Herald article titled “Four injured in Marengo crash” as well as the May 18 Daily Herald article titled “Marengo crash critically injures two.”

Lake in the Hills Hit & Run Accident

Hit & Run Accident In McHenry County, Illinois

There was a hit & run accident on Friday night (May 16, 2014) in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.

The accident happened in a parking lot of the AMC Theater, just before 9:00 p.m.

According to Lake in the Hills Police, this hit & run happened as a 4-year-old boy was crossing one of the lanes of traffic with a parent, at which point the boy was hit by a car.  

The boy, said to be from Algonquin, was treated at the accident scene by paramedics.

An excerpt from the May 18, 2014 Northwest Herald article titled “4-year-old struck in hit-and-run” :

Lake in the Hills police are looking for the vehicle, which is believed to be a red four-door car, perhaps a Dodge, occupied by three males in their late teens, Ziarkowski said.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Hit & Run Accident

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article mentioned above, as well as the May 18 Huntley Patch article titled “Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Boy, 4, in LITH.” 

Illinois Seat Belt Usage

Seat Belt Usage And Statistics

Yesterday (May 9, 2014) IDOT issued a press release titled “Illinois Law Enforcement Out in Force to Remind Motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket.’”  This release discusses a variety of issues with regard to seat belt usage trends and associated fatal vehicle accident trends in Illinois.

An excerpt includes:

Illinois’ primary seat belt law originally enacted in 2003 has had a direct effect on keeping Illinois fatalities below 1,000 in recent years. In 2012, the Illinois primary seat belt law was expanded to every seating position meaning a ticket can be issued to an unbuckled motorist in the front and back seat. Seat belt laws are strongly enforced and advertised, bringing about a nearly 94 percent front seat, daytime seat belt usage rate. However, back seat usage rates are much lower, and an even bigger problem is the number of unbuckled motor vehicle fatalities occurring during late night hours.

“Even with 9 out of 10 front-seat motorists buckling up in Illinois during the day, far too many people are still dying because they didn’t wear a seat belt, especially late at night,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of dedicated local police and sheriff’s departments are saying today that needs to change.”

The press release also discusses various issues including the seat belt law in Illinois, and also cites various statistics regarding seat belt use and Illinois traffic fatalities.

Motorcycle Hits Deer In McHenry County

Motorcycle Accident In Unincorporated Riley Township

There was a motorcycle accident in unincorporated Riley Township (near Marengo) on May 8, 2014, involving a motorcycle hitting a deer.

Emergency responders went to the motorcycle accident scene at approximately 6:06 p.m.  The collision happened in the 11000 block of Illinois Route 23.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the preliminary investigation indicated that during the collision with the deer, the rider of the motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was identified as Philip Casale, 56, of Hampshire, Illinois.  He was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois, via Flight for Life.  He was reported to be in stable condition.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, at the time of the crash Casale was not wearing a helmet.  Neither alcohol nor speed are suspected of playing a role in this motorcycle accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigation Unit.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Motorcycle Accident

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department news release of May 9, 2014, titled “Single Motorcycle Traffic Crash” as well as the May 10 The Courier-News article titled “Hampshire man injured as motorcycle hits deer in McHenry County.”

Man Dies Near Hebron, Illinois After Falling Off Golf Cart

Fatal Golf Cart Accident In Unincorporated Hebron

There was a fatal accident Sunday (May 4, 2014) in unincorporated Hebron.

This accident happened as a man was riding on the back of a golf cart, and for unknown reasons, fell off the back of it.

The man was identified as Stephen Canfield, 20, of Harvard.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department press release of May 5, 2014, titled “Harvard man dies after falling off of golf cart near Hebron” :

Preliminary investigation indicated that a 1996 Ingersoll Rand Club Car golf cart was headed southbound on Johnson Road, north of Illinois Route 173, when one of the back seat passengers, Stephen Canfield, for unknown reasons fell from the back of the golf cart. Stephen was transported to Centegra Woodstock Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Emergency responders, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District, responded to the accident scene at approximately 12:05 a.m. Sunday.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Press Release,

Alcohol use is suspected as a contributing factor.  The crash is still under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigation Unit and McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Furthermore, an excerpt from the May 5 nwherald.com article titled “Harvard man dies after falling off golf cart near Hebron” :

McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski announced Tuesday an autopsy showed Canfield died from a broken neck. A toxicology report is still pending.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Vehicle Accident

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Northwest Herald articles seen above, as well as the May 5 McHenry TribLocal article titled “Man falls off golf cart, dies.”

Motorcycle Crash In McHenry County

Motorcycle Accident Near Harvard, Illinois

There was a motorcycle accident near Harvard, Illinois early Monday (May 5, 2014) morning.

This motorcycle accident happened as a motorcyclist was riding a 1993 Harley Davidson south near the 7600 block of Lawrence Road when the motorcycle went into a ditch.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the accident at 1:41 a.m. Monday.

The motorcyclist was identified as Jay W. York, 49, of Harvard.

York was transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital in critical condition via Flight For Life.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article of May 5, 2014, titled “Harvard man in serious condition after motorcycle crash” :

On Tuesday, the hospital said York was upgraded to serious condition.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Motorcycle Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article seen above, the May 5 Huntley Patch article titled “Police:  Man in Critical Condition Following Motorcycle Crash” and the May 5 McHenry County Sheriff’s Department media release titled “Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash.”

Fatal Car Crash Near Cary, Illinois

Fatal Car Crash In McHenry County

There was a fatal car accident early this morning (May 2, 2014) in McHenry County.  The accident happened in unincorporated Cary, Illinois.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department media release of May 2, 2014, titled “Fatal Single Vehicle Traffic Crash Occurs Overnight In Unincorporated Cary” :

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office on May 2, 2014 at approximately 2:32 A.M. responded to a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on W. Rawson Bridge Road, one tenth of a mile north of Ida Drive, unincorporated Cary, Illinois.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Dodge Neon was traveling southbound on W. Rawson Bridge Road.  The vehicle crossed the center line during the curve in the road and then struck a tree on the west side of the roadway.  The driver, Bradley J. Kass, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The passenger, Robert Sloan Jr., was transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The media release also indicates that “…alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash.”

This fatal McHenry County accident is being investigated by the McHenry County Traffic Crash Investigation Unit as well as the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Car Crash

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, as well as the May 2, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 men killed in car crash near Cary” and the May 2 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Police:  Alcohol may be factor in McHenry Co. double fatal crash.”