Rear-End Collision Near Woodstock Injures Three People

McHenry County Rear-End Collision

A rear-end collision occurred near Woodstock on Thursday ( June 25, 2020) morning. This rear-end collision resulted in three people being injured and being taken to the hospital.

This accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the June 25, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “3 hospitalized after Jeep slams into rear of a van near Woodstock.”

An excerpt from the article:

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 11:50 a.m. Thursday to Charles Road and Timberline Trail in unincorporated Woodstock for a vehicle crash.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said that a 2013 Nissan cargo van had been stopped in traffic due to tree trimmers.

The rear-end collision occurred when a 2018 Jeep Renegade struck the back of the Nissan cargo van. As seen in the accident scene photo, extensive damage occurred to the Jeep Renegade.

Three people – the driver of the Jeep, the driver of the Nissan, and a passenger in the Nissan – were all injured and taken to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Woodstock. All of the injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Another excerpt from the article:

The driver of the Jeep was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Rogers said.

Additional Details Regarding This Accident Near Woodstock

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the article.

When a vehicle runs into the back of another vehicle, various accident injuries can occur. Among the most common injury is whiplash. However, many other injuries can occur. Some of these injuries can be very serious in nature.

The Elman Joseph Law Group recently handled a lawsuit in which a driver was “rear-ended” while driving on a Chicago area expressway. Lawyers at the firm settled the case for $350,000. That lawsuit and the underlying accident are discussed in the “Injury Accident Results In $350,000 Lawsuit Settlement” post.

Unincorporated Hebron Car Crash Leads To One Fatality

McHenry County Fatal Car Crash

An unincorporated Hebron car crash occurred Monday (May 18, 2020) afternoon. This unincorporated Hebron car crash led to the death of one person, and injuries to two others. The accident involved two vehicles. A preliminary investigation indicates that one vehicle had improper lane usage; a vehicle crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

This accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 19, 2020 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Two Vehicle Fatal Crash Investigation.”

An excerpt from this release:

A 41-year-old McHenry man has died and a 56-year-old McHenry man and a 42-year-old Chicago man were hospitalized as a result of a two vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon. The crash occurred in the 11500 block of Vanderkarr Road, unincorporated Hebron.

On May 18, 2020 at 2:29 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Hebron Alden Fire Protection District, Richmond Fire Protection District, Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, Woodstock Fire Rescue, and Harvard Fire Protection District responded to a two vehicle crash involving a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2003 Chevrolet 3500 Cargo Van that crashed on Vanderkarr Road, west of Kemman Road.

The scene investigation indicated the Jeep, driven by William P Bishop, had been traveling westbound on Vanderkarr Road and for unknown reasons the Jeep failed to stay within its lane of traffic.  The Jeep continued westbound into the eastbound lane of traffic and onto the eastbound shoulder where it struck the front of an eastbound Chevrolet.

The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the accident scene. He was later identified as Jason Miller, 41, of McHenry. The passenger of the Chevrolet was taken to the hospital with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

William Bishop was taken to the hospital with injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

The accident investigation revealed that both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. However, the passenger in the Chevrolet was not.

Airbags deployed in both vehicles.

Bishop was initially cited for improper lane usage. However, he was subsequently charged with other charges as the crash was allegedly intentional. Details can be found in the Lake & McHenry County Scanner article of June 9, 2020 titled “Man charged with murder for intentionally crashing into other vehicle…

An accident scene photo indicates that one vehicle rolled over during the crash.

This unincorporated Hebron car crash remains under investigation. The investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit as well as the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Unincorporated Hebron Car Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release seen above.

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.”