Driver Charged With DUI After Unincorporated Seneca Township Crash

Driver Charged With DUI After Fatal McHenry County Crash

There was a fatal single-car accident in unincorporated Seneca Township on Sunday (February 25, 2018) night.  The crash led to the death of a passenger in the car, and the driver was subsequently charged with DUI.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (in a February 26, 2018 media release titled “Fatal Traffic Crash / Aggravated DUI“) various first responders in the area responded to the accident at 7:35 p.m.  The accident scene was in the 17600 block of Kishwaukee Valley Road.

The preliminary accident investigation indicates that a 2012 Hyundai Veloster was traveling westbound on Kishwaukee Valley Road, left the roadway at Mckinstrey Road, and subsequently hit a tree.  A 29-year-old female, identified as Ilian Gonzalez, of Rockford, was a passenger in the car.  She was trapped in the car during the crash and died at the accident scene.

The driver, a 30-year old male later identified as Jose Loredo, 30, of Rockford, was taken to Centegra Hospital in Huntley for treatment of his accident injuries.  Those injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

At the time of the accident seatbelts were worn and there was front airbag deployment.

An excerpt from the media release mentioned above:

The driver was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, DUI alcohol, and aggravated DUI involving death.  The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal McHenry County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal McHenry County car crash with DUI charges can be seen in various media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release mentioned above as well as the February 27 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Driver In Fatal Crash Charged With Aggravated DUI.”

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McHenry County Anticipated Adverse Driving Conditions

Anticipated Adverse Driving Conditions For McHenry County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a warning today (February 8, 2018) with regard to adverse driving conditions due to anticipated snowfall starting tonight.  These driving conditions are expected for Northern Illinois (the broader Chicago area including Lake County and McHenry County.)

The media release is titled “Winter Storm, Treacherous Driving Conditions  Across Northern Illinois Tonight and Friday.” (pdf) The release discusses driving issues with regard to the anticipated 10-12 inches of snow that is expected to fall in Northern Illinois tonight and tomorrow.

An excerpt from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm with the potential for 12 inches of snow in northern Illinois will create treacherous conditions tonight and Friday. Driving should be avoided, with snow- and ice-covered roads, limited visibility and extremely long travel times anticipated.

The release also offers various “safe-driving” tips for dealing with the expected driving conditions.

One of these tips is the following:

  • Always wear a seat belt, whether you’re sitting in the front seat or back seat. It’s the law.

On this site, the importance of every vehicle occupant wearing a seat belt at all times is discussed on the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.  As discussed on that page, wearing a seat belt helps prevent the possibility of the driver and/or other vehicle occupants from being ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown) from the car or other type of vehicle.  These ejections often lead to accident injuries that are serious and possibly life-threatening in nature.

During adverse driving conditions – especially those involving snow and ice – various types of crashes are likely to occur.  These crashes can include various types of loss of control, including spinouts and “slideoffs.”  Additionally, there may be potential for formation of “black ice,” which often creates a very hazardous condition for drivers.

Additional Details Regarding These Adverse Driving Conditions

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions in McHenry County caused by heavy snowfall can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Crystal Lake February 2018 Traffic Safety Enforcement Initiative

McHenry County Drunk Driving 

Drunk driving continues to be a significant traffic safety concern both nationally as well as in the Chicago area, including in McHenry County.  On this site, drunk driving crashes that involve injuries (as well as crashes involving drivers impaired by drugs, i.e. “drugged drivers”) are summarized in posts under the “DUI” category.

Drunk driving is often more frequent during various times of the year, such as during holiday periods as well as around major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl.

The Crystal Lake Police released the results of a special enforcement effort that occurred over the Super Bowl weekend.  The effort occurred from February 2 – February 4, and during this period various issues with regard to Crystal Lake traffic safety were monitored.  These issues included drunk and drugged driving, speeding, seat belt usage, and other infractions.  [On this site, a discussion of the safety benefits of wearing seat belts is seen on the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.]

An excerpt regarding the results from the special traffic safety enforcement effort, from the February 7, 2018 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Twenty Nine Cited During Super Bowl Traffic Enforcement Effort“:

The Crystal Lake Police Department participated in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program conducted during this past Super Bowl weekend. Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this statewide effort from February 2 through February 4 to save lives by encouraging motorists to refrain from drinking and driving and to buckle up during late-night hours.

As seen in the article, there were citations issued for a variety of actions, including speeding, open alcohol, and a seat belt violation.

Additional Details Regarding This Special Traffic Safety Enforcement

Additional details regarding the special enforcement results, as well as the overall issue of drunk driving and drugged driving in McHenry County, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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