McHenry Head-On Crash Along Route 31 Injures Two Drivers

McHenry County Accident Injures Two People

A McHenry head-on crash occurred Monday (February 10, 2020) afternoon. This McHenry head-on crash injured two drivers. The collision happened along Route 31, just south of Route 120.

This McHenry County accident is discussed in various media sources, including the February 10, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “Police officer among 2 injured after head-on crash in McHenry.” An excerpt:

A 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was travelling southbound on Route 31 when it struck a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup, which had pulled over to yield to the police car, Walsh said.

The Chevrolet pickup then struck the police car, a 2013 Ford Interceptor sedan. The police car’s emergency lights and siren had been activated when the crash occurred.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup as well as the police office both were injured and taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital for medical treatment. Their injuries were considered to be minor injuries. The driver of the Dodge pickup was not injured during the crash.

The accident investigation is ongoing. Those with information concerning the accident are asked to contact the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2200. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the McHenry Police Department tip line at 815-363-2124.

Additional Information Concerning This McHenry Head-On Crash

Additional information concerning this McHenry head-on crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Further discussion of head-on crashes can be seen on the “McHenry County ‘Head-On’ Collisions” page. As seen on that page, there are a number of McHenry County crashes of this type that have resulted in serious accident injuries. By their nature, such frontal collisions transmit a tremendous amount of force to the vehicles involved. Often, vehicle occupants are injured as they are subjected to great and unnatural forces. It is not uncommon for such injuries to be fatal in nature. This is especially likely if the vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Unincorporated Woodstock Fatal Single-Car Accident

Fatal McHenry County Rollover Accident

An Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident led to one fatality and two other vehicle occupants suffering life-threatening injuries. This Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident occurred early in the morning of November 24, 2019. The crash occurred in the 11100 block of Charles Road, which is in unincorporated Woodstock.

The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 25, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office post titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates A Single-Vehicle Fatal Crash.” An excerpt:

On November 24, 2019 at 2:03 a.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, and Wonder Lake Fire/Rescue responded to a single vehicle crash involving a 2019 Toyota Camry that had crashed into a utility pole and tree on Charles Road west of Queen Anne Road.

On-scene investigation indicated that the Toyota had been traveling westbound on Charles Road. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway to the north and struck the utility pole, the tree, and rolled onto its side.

The driver of the Toyota, Shawn Brautigam, 32, was flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville where he remains in critical condition.  One passenger, a 44-year-old Wheaton woman, was also flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville where she remains in serious condition. Another passenger, a 34-year-old Woodstock man, was ejected from the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in Woodstock. He was flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford where he was later pronounced deceased.  

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Brautigam was subsequently charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

This Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit as well as the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details And Possible Updates  

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.

Various aspects of rollover accidents – including steps to take to prevent serious accidents that might occur during such crashes – are discussed on the “McHenry County Rollover Accidents” page.

Unincorporated McHenry Car Crash Involving A “Head-On Collision”

Fatal McHenry County Car Collision

There was a fatal unincorporated McHenry car crash early Saturday (May 11, 2019) morning. This McHenry County car crash involved a “head-on collision.”

This fatal accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 13, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Two Vehicle Crash.”

The crash involved two drivers, a 23-year-old man from Zion and a 56-year-old man from Gurnee. This unincorporated McHenry car crash happened in the 300 block of West Bay Road, which is in unincorporated McHenry Township.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as other first responders in the area, were called to the accident scene at 12:09 a.m.

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

Preliminary investigation indicated that a 2004 Nissan Sentra, driven by the 23-year-old man, was traveling eastbound on West Bay Road.  A 2017 Toyota Sienna, driven by a 56-year-old man, was traveling westbound on West Bay Road.  For unknown reasons the Nissan entered the westbound lane of traffic and struck the Toyota head-on.      

The driver of the Nissan, after being extricated from the car by McHenry Township Fire and Rescue, was flown to Advocate Condell in Libertyville. He was pronounced deceased. 

The driver of the Toyota Sienna was taken to Northwestern Hospital in McHenry for treatment of his accident injuries. Those injuries were considered to be minor in nature.

The driver of the Toyota was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.

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

Additional Details Regarding This Unincorporated McHenry Car Crash

Additional details and possible update concerning this unincorporated McHenry car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Additional discussion of “head-on collisions” – which often lead to serious if not life-threatening accident injuries – can be found on the “McHenry County ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.

Snow-Related Crashes Throughout McHenry County

McHenry County Vehicle Accidents

There have been many snow-related crashes in the last day (February 14, 2019) in McHenry County that have been attributed to snow and drifting snow. These conditions, including some black ice formation, have led to adverse driving conditions.

Two media sources that discuss these adverse driving conditions are the February 14, 2019 Northwest Herald article titled “McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responds to 35 crashes, assists more than 100 motorists” as well as the February 13 abc7chicago.com article titled “Chicago Weather: Blowing snow leads to spinouts, crashes across area.”

As seen in these sources as well as others, these snow-related crashes involve many types of accidents. Among the crashes and accident types were spinouts, slide-offs,
 jackknifed semis, rollover accidents, multi-vehicle accidents (MVAs), and a collision between two semi trucks.

There were various injuries that occurred during these snow-related crashes.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article concerning the rollover accident mentioned above:

Harvard Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Don Davidson said police had sent his responders away because no injuries were reported.

Davidson said emergency crews responded Tuesday night to a rollover crash at Route 173 and White Oaks Road that resulted in four people being sent to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center in Harvard with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Additional Details Regarding These Snow-Related Crashes

Additional details regarding these snow-related crashes can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.

Fatal SUV Crash Near Woodstock Involving Adverse Road Conditions

McHenry County Fatal SUV Crash

There was a fatal SUV crash near Woodstock early Sunday (December 16, 2018) morning.  This fatal SUV crash near Woodstock involved a SUV striking a tree after the SUV left the roadway.

An excerpt regarding this fatal SUV crash near Woodstock, from the December 17, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Speed, weather played role in fatal Woodstock-area crash“:

Authorities say speed and weather conditions were factors in the crash that killed three Woodstock men when their SUV hit a tree early Sunday near Woodstock, officials said.

The 1994 Jeep Cherokee was northbound on the 3100 block of Lily Pond Road shortly after 3:30 a.m. when it left the road south of McConnell Road and struck a tree, the McHenry County sheriff’s office said.

The driver was identified as Ryan Fleming, 20, of Woodstock.  The two passengers were identified as Daisen Hollands, 21, and Quinlan Hartney, 20, both also from Woodstock.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office indicates that subsequent autopsies revealed that Fleming died from blunt trauma to the chest; Hollands died from blunt trauma to the spine and chest; and Hartney died from blunt trauma to the chest.

There was a fourth vehicle occupant, identified as a 20-year-old Woodstock man who suffered serious injuries.  He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

Reports indicate that none of the occupants in the Jeep Cherokee were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

This fatal SUV crash near Woodstock appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control.  As seen in the Daily Herald article mentioned above, additional details regarding road conditions at the time of the crash:

About 5 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office posted a travel advisory on Facebook citing dense fog and icy roads.

This fatal SUV crash near Woodstock remains under investigation.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal SUV Crash Near Woodstock

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the article mentioned above, as well as the December 17 CBS Chicago article titled “Three Young Men Killed In McHenry County Crash Identified.”

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.”

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 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.

Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision At Huntley Intersection

McHenry County Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision

There was a fatal two-vehicle collision Monday (May 21, 2018) morning in Huntley.

Details on the accident appear to be limited at this time.  The cause of the accident and fault remain under investigation.

According to Huntley Police, police responded to the accident scene, which was at the intersection of Algonquin and Haligus Roads, just after 6:00 a.m.  The two-vehicle collision involved a 2005 Ford Explorer and a 2008 Dodge Caravan.

One driver, later identified as David Stone, 51, of Huntley, was declared dead at the accident scene.  At the time of the accident he was driving the Ford Explorer.

The other driver was also injured.  He was identified as a 74-year-old man from Lake in the Hills.  He was taken to Centegra Hospital in Huntley for treatment of his accident injuries.  It does not appear to be publicly disclosed as to the type and the extent of his injuries.

An excerpt regarding the fatal two-vehicle collision, from the May 21, 2018 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 person dead after morning crash in Huntley“:

No charges have been filed, and Huntley police asked that any witnesses contact them at 847-515-5311 or the tip line at 847-515-5333.

Responders to the scene included the McHenry County sheriff’s office, the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team and police from West Dundee, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Elgin and Hampshire, as well as Huntley’s Community Emergency Response Team, Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and Public Works Department.

The intersection was closed until about 10:00 a.m. as the accident investigation was being conducted.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal two-vehicle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the May 21 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Authorities ID Huntley Man Killed In Crash.”