Single-Car Crash Near Harvard Injures Three Teenagers

Single-Car Crash McHenry County

There was a car crash Tuesday (April 11, 2017) in an area near Harvard.

The crash happened on East Brink Street near the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  First responders were called at approximately 3:30 p.m.

According to preliminary crash investigation findings from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the accident involved a 2010 Buick that was driving westbound on Brink Street when it went off the road and struck a tree.

Three teenagers were taken to area hospitals, with two being flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article of April 12, 2017, titled “3 teenagers sent to hospital after Harvard-area crash, fire officials say“:

The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed and violation of a graduated driver’s license – unlawful number of passengers.

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this single-car collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article mentioned above as well as the April 12 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “3 Teens Injured in Crash Near Harvard.”

Double-Fatal Motorcycle-Minivan Collision In Unincorporated McHenry Township

Double-Fatal Motorcycle Collision In McHenry County

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night (April 9, 2017) after which the motorcyclist and passenger died.  The accident happened in unincorporated McHenry Township.

According to details provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (in an April 10, 2017 press release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Fatal Motorcycle Crash“) the crash happened at the intersection of River Road and Charles J Miller Road.

The collision involved a collision between a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan and a 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited motorcycle.  The motorcycle carried the rider, a 49-year-old man (later identified as Dennis Edward Spears Jr.) and a 42-year-old female passenger (later identified as Tanya Schafer), both from Carpentersville.

First responders, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, McHenry Police Department, and the McHenry Township Fire Protection District went to the accident scene at 7:53 p.m.

An excerpt from the news release mentioned above:

Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle, driven by the 49-year-old man, was traveling southbound on River Road and had the green light.  The van, driven by a 41-year-old Wonder Lake woman, was traveling northbound on River Road and was turning west onto Charles J Miller Road.   The driver of the van failed to yield to the motorcycle and the vehicles crashed in the intersection. Motorists were detoured for several hours while the crash was investigated.

The motorcyclist was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry and he was pronounced dead.

The passenger of the motorcycle was taken to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville, where she was pronounced dead.

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

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 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release mentioned above as well as the April 10 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man and woman killed in motorcycle crash near McHenry” and the April 11 Daily Herald article titled “Carpentersville motorcyclists killed in McHenry Twp. crash identified.”

Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Unincorporated McHenry Township

Fatal McHenry County Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday (April 9,2017) in unincorporated McHenry Township.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (in an April 10 news release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Motorcycle Crash“) first responders went to the accident scene in the 800 block of Ringwood Road at 6:46 p.m.

The crash involved a motorcycle crashing in the intersection of Ringwood Road and Meadowhill Lane.  The crash only involved the 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and its rider.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office news release mentioned above, regarding the cause of the crash:

Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle was traveling westbound on Ringwood Road west of Meadowhill Lane when it exited the roadway to the north and struck a tree.  The intersection of Ringwood Road and Meadowhill Lane was closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.

The motorcyclist, a 55-year-old man from McHenry, was pronounced dead after he was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry.

At the time of the crash the motorcyclist was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

The crash remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Concerning This Fatal McHenry County Motorcycle Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office news release mentioned above, as well as the April 10 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “1 Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash in McHenry Co.

Fatal Minivan Crash In Hebron

Fatal McHenry County Minivan Crash

There was a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 173 in Hebron on Saturday afternoon.  The driver of a minivan died in the crash.

According to preliminary crash investigation provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, in an April 3, 2017 release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash In Hebron,” various first responders went to the accident scene at 1:59 p.m.  The crash involved a minivan – a 2002 Mercury Villager – that was traveling eastbound on U.S. Route 173 crashing at Price Road.  The crash happened when the vehicle left the roadway for a currently undisclosed reason.  After the minivan left the roadway to the south, it struck a tree, then caught fire.

The driver of the minivan, currently identified only as a 29-year-old man from Gurnee (and later identified as Mark Ofenloch), was pronounced dead at the accident scene.  He was the only person in the minivan.

An excerpt regarding the crash, as seen in the April 6 Northwest Herald article titled “McHenry County coroner identifies man killed in Hebron crash“:

An autopsy performed Monday revealed that Ofenloch died of blunt force trauma to the head, spine, chest and abdomen. Toxicology and carbon monoxide testing still are pending, according to the coroner’s office.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office news release mentioned above:

An investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigations Unit, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

 

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal McHenry County Minivan Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal McHenry County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office news release mentioned above, as well as the April 2 Daily Herald article titled “Gurnee man killed in fiery McHenry County crash” and the April 6 Northwest Herald article mentioned above.