Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision In Unincorporated Dunham Township

Fatal Collision In McHenry County

There was a fatal collision on Saturday evening (August 27, 2016) in unincorporated Dunham Township.  The collision involved a pickup truck and a passenger car.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, in a media release of August 29, 2016 titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash,” preliminary crash investigation results indicate the crash happened at 7:38 p.m., as a Ford F150 pickup truck was eastbound on Streit Road.  It failed to stop at a stop sign at Illinois Route 23, and it struck a Nissan Maxima that was southbound on Route 23.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as a 22-year-old man from Lake in the Hills, was ejected from the truck during the crash.  He was pronounced dead after being taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.  At the time of the crash, he was not wearing a seat belt, although vehicle airbag(s) deployed.

The driver of the Maxima, identified as a 24-year-old man, was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, as were the other occupants of the car, a 23-year-old female and 2-year-old boy.  The female was in critical condition; the 2-year-old boy was said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

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

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Investigations Unit and Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.  Members of the Harvard, Marengo, and Woodstock Fire Protection Districts provided patient care.  Members of the Harvard Police Department and McHenry County Division of Transportation assisted with traffic control.

Additional Details And Possible Updates Concerning This Fatal McHenry County Collision

Additional details regarding this fatal collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office release mentioned above as well as the August 29 Crystal Lake-Cary Patch article titled “LITH Man Killed, Woman and Toddler Injured in Two-Car Crash in McHenry County.”

SUV And Semi Truck Collide In Crystal Lake

Two-Vehicle Collision In McHenry County

There was a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon (August 22, 2016) on Route 176 and Briarwood Road in Crystal Lake.

Details on the accident were initially limited.  However, details regarding the accident were later disclosed.  An excerpt from the August 31, 2016 Northwest Herald article titled “Man cited in crash that injured mother, special education teacher“:

About 4 p.m. Aug. 22, a 1990 GMC semitruck with a fully loaded trailer was traveling west on Route 176 approaching Briarwood Road when it struck a 2013 Ford Escape stopped and facing south on Briarwood Road, Crystal Lake Police Deputy Chief Tom Kotlowski said.

The driver of the truck, 25-year-old Robert Anthony, told police he attempted to stop while the light was turning from green to yellow, but could not, Kotlowski said.

The driver of the SUV, Kathy Jones, 53, was flown from the accident scene.  She had a traumatic brain injury.

The truck driver was not injured during the accident.

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this two-vehicle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article mentioned above as well as the August 31 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Woman Who Has Dedicated Life to Children With Special Needs Seriously Injured in Crash” as well as the August 23 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Woman Airlifted After Crash With Semi on Route 176

Characteristics And Consequences Of Drowsy Driving

On August 8, 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) published a report concerning the impact of “drowsy driving.”  Accompanying the release of this report was a press release titled “New Report Spotlights Dangers Of Drowsy Driving.”

A few excerpts from this release include:

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, points out that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived Americans are driving every day. And it’s taking a toll – an estimated 5,000 lives were lost in drowsy driving-related crashes last year.

also:

While estimates of deaths caused by drowsy drivers range from 2% to 20% of all traffic fatalities, safety officials agree that the extent of the problem is not fully known. “There are challenges associated with both measuring and combating drowsy driving,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins, who oversaw the development of the report. “Law enforcement lack protocols and training to help officers recognize drowsy driving at roadside. And if a crash occurs, the drowsy driver may not report the cause due to concerns about monetary and other penalties.”

The Huffington Post article of August 11, 2016, titled “Sleeping At The Wheel Costs The U.S. A Shocking Amount Of Lives And Money” discusses drowsy driving and highlights eight notable aspects of the full report’s findings.  Four of these aspects, which are more fully discussed in the article, include:

2. DROWSY DRIVERS ARE 3.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO CRASH.

4. DROWSY DRIVING PLAYS A ROLE IN NEARLY A QUARTER OF FATAL CRASHES.

5. AFTER 21 HOURS WITHOUT SLEEP, YOUR DRIVING IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS IF YOUR WERE DRUNK.

8. MORE THAN TWO IN FIVE DRIVERS ADMIT TO HAVING FALLEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

Of particular note is point #5 above, which is accompanied by a graphic in the article.  As explained on page 9 of the GHSA full report:

A motorist who has been awake for an extended period of time will likely experience performance deficits similar to that of someone who has been drinking. For example, a motorist who is up for a continuous 18 hours will typically exhibit performance levels similar to that of a person with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.05%. After 21 and 24 hours without sleep, performance mimics a BAC of 0.08% and 0.10%, respectively (Dawson & Reid, 1997; Arnedt et al., 2001).

The report then lists the common factors in drowsy driving crashes.

Additional details concerning drowsy driving accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Motorcyclist Dies Following SUV-Motorcycle Collision In Richmond

Fatal SUV-Motorcycle Collision In McHenry County

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a SUV in Richmond.

The crash happened Wednesday (August 10, 2016) on Route 12 just after 6:00 p.m.  At that time, a motorcycle and SUV collided near the Depot Restaurant.

The motorcyclist was identified as Steven Thomas, 26, of Richmond.  He was in critical condition after the accident.  Thomas was flown to the Level 1 Trauma Center at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

He died Thursday afternoon at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Christian Heaney, 44, of Johnsburg.

Heaney was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry for treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the August 12, 2016 Northwest Herald article titled “Johnsburg man charged with DUI after Richmond crash that left motorcyclist in critical condition“:

Christian Heaney was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, Richmond Police Lt. Scott Adams said. He was released from McHenry County Jail custody after posting bond Thursday morning, according to jail records.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal McHenry County Motorcycle Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article mentioned above as well as the August 12 Northwest Herald article titled “Richmond man dies in hospital after motorcycle crash.”

SUV Collides With Semi Truck In Crystal Lake

Collision In McHenry County Injures Four People

There was a collision between a SUV and semi truck Wednesday morning on Route 176 and Mount Thabor Road in Crystal Lake.

An excerpt from the August 11, 2016 Northwest Herald article titled “Lake in the Hills teen critically injured in Crystal Lake crash, officials say“:

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Aimee Knop said an 18-year-old Lake in the Hills woman was eastbound Route 176 when her black Chevrolet Suburban sideswiped the cab of a westbound semi-truck.

The Suburban then hit the trailer of the semi-truck head-on, Knop said.

The woman in the Suburban had to be extricated from the SUV by the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue District.

She was then flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of her accident injuries.  She was in critical condition.

There were no other occupants in the SUV, and the semi truck’s driver was not injured in the collision.

However, a third vehicle was involved in the accident, and in that vehicle were a woman and two children.  They were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure, and they were later released.

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

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry County Crash

Additional details regarding this McHenry County crash can be seen in the Northwest Herald article seen above, as well as the August 11 Huntley Patch article titled “Lake in the Hills Teen Critically Injured in Route 176 Semi Crash.”