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.”

Unincorporated Marengo Township Collision On Route 176

McHenry County Fatal Car Collision

There was a fatal unincorporated Marengo Township collision late Friday (November 16, 2018) afternoon in which a driver died at the accident scene.  The accident involved a failure to yield.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (in the November 19, 2018 media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash” this unincorporated Marengo Township collision occurred at the intersection of Route 176 and North Union Road.  The Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at 5:35 p.m.

An excerpt from the media release:

On Friday at 5:35 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Marengo, Union, and Woodstock Fire Protection Districts all responded to the crash involving a 2008 Kia Rio and a 2007 Ford F-150.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Kia, driven by the 40-year-old man, was traveling southbound on North Union Road and came to a stop sign.  The Ford, driven by an 80-year-old Marengo man, was traveling westbound on Route 176 and did not have a stop sign.  For unknown reasons the Kia failed to yield to the Ford and drove into the intersection where the vehicles collided.

The driver and sole occupant of the Kia was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in Huntley.  All occupants were wearing seat belts and airbags deployed in both vehicles.  That area of Route 176 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

The driver of the Kia has so far only been identified as a 40-year-old man from Belvidere.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigations Unit and the McHenry County Coroners’ Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Unincorporated Marengo Township Car Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal unincorporated Marengo Township collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Three People Hurt In Crash Near Lakemoor

McHenry County Two-Vehicle Accident

While crashes that involve one vehicle making a left-hand turn immediately in front of another are more common in Illinois motorcycle accidents, such crashes also happen in regular vehicle accidents.

One example of such a crash appears to have happened near Lakemoor on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

The crash is discussed in the Northwest Herald article of March 17 titled “Lakemoor-area crash sends 3 people to hospital, fire officials say.”

As seen in the article, the accident occurred at Bay and Cuhlman Roads, and three people were hurt and taken to Centegra Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be “non-life-threatening” in nature.

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry County Accident

Additional details regarding this McHenry County injury accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article mentioned above.

Lake in the Hills Rollover Accident

Vehicle Rollover Accident In McHenry County

There was a rollover crash Wednesday night (October 29, 2014) in Lake in the Hills.

Details on the accident and its causes appear limited.

Lake in the Hills Police responded just after 11:00 p.m. to the rollover vehicle accident, which happened in the 600 block of Anderson Drive.

An 18-year-old man was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin for treatment of an apparent head injury.

Additional Details And Possible Updates Concerning This McHenry County Rollover Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this McHenry County vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 30, 2014 Crystal Lake-Cary Patch article titled “Teen Injured in Wednesday Night Rollover Crash” as well as the October 30 Northwest Herald article titled “Teen injured after Lake in the Hills rollover crash.”

Serious Vehicle Accident Injuries

Types Of Vehicle Accident Injuries

Throughout this site, vehicle accidents and resulting injuries from McHenry County vehicle accidents are discussed.  While many of the injuries from vehicle accidents are minor in nature, many other car accident injuries are serious, and some injuries lead to death.

Many of these serious injuries can have long-lasting health impacts.  These injuries can take many forms, and can include broken bones, bleeding, back injuries, herniated discs, spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and various brain injuries and other head trauma.

The Body’s Response To Traumatic Injuries

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a video on its National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) site titled “The Body’s Response to Traumatic Injury.”  In this video, which is slightly over three minutes in length, Dr. Scott Somers discusses the body’s reaction to traumatic injury, in which he discusses the following:

  • Shock
  • The “systemic nature” of injuries
  • The “injury process”
  • The inflammatory and immune response
  • Traumatic injuries’ impact on organs
  • Infections
  • Sepsis

Further information can be seen in the NIGMS video mentioned above.

If You Are In A Vehicle Accident

If you are in a vehicle accident, it is very important that you get a thorough medical check to determine if you received any injuries.  Due to the nature of vehicle accidents and the body’s response to them, you may have serious injuries that you are not aware of, as the symptoms may not be obvious.  One example of a car/bicycle accident in which serious injury symptoms – including internal bleeding and head trauma – were not initially recognized is seen in the July 18, 2014 Aurora Beacon-News article titled “Bicyclist realizes depth of injury hours after Aurora crash.”

Motorcycle Hits Deer In McHenry County

Motorcycle Accident In Unincorporated Riley Township

There was a motorcycle accident in unincorporated Riley Township (near Marengo) on May 8, 2014, involving a motorcycle hitting a deer.

Emergency responders went to the motorcycle accident scene at approximately 6:06 p.m.  The collision happened in the 11000 block of Illinois Route 23.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the preliminary investigation indicated that during the collision with the deer, the rider of the motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was identified as Philip Casale, 56, of Hampshire, Illinois.  He was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois, via Flight for Life.  He was reported to be in stable condition.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, at the time of the crash Casale was not wearing a helmet.  Neither alcohol nor speed are suspected of playing a role in this motorcycle accident.

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

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Motorcycle Accident

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department news release of May 9, 2014, titled “Single Motorcycle Traffic Crash” as well as the May 10 The Courier-News article titled “Hampshire man injured as motorcycle hits deer in McHenry County.”

Motorcycle Crash In McHenry County

Motorcycle Accident Near Harvard, Illinois

There was a motorcycle accident near Harvard, Illinois early Monday (May 5, 2014) morning.

This motorcycle accident happened as a motorcyclist was riding a 1993 Harley Davidson south near the 7600 block of Lawrence Road when the motorcycle went into a ditch.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the accident at 1:41 a.m. Monday.

The motorcyclist was identified as Jay W. York, 49, of Harvard.

York was transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital in critical condition via Flight For Life.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article of May 5, 2014, titled “Harvard man in serious condition after motorcycle crash” :

On Tuesday, the hospital said York was upgraded to serious condition.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Motorcycle Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article seen above, the May 5 Huntley Patch article titled “Police:  Man in Critical Condition Following Motorcycle Crash” and the May 5 McHenry County Sheriff’s Department media release titled “Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash.”

Fatal Car Crash Near Cary, Illinois

Fatal Car Crash In McHenry County

There was a fatal car accident early this morning (May 2, 2014) in McHenry County.  The accident happened in unincorporated Cary, Illinois.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department media release of May 2, 2014, titled “Fatal Single Vehicle Traffic Crash Occurs Overnight In Unincorporated Cary” :

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office on May 2, 2014 at approximately 2:32 A.M. responded to a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on W. Rawson Bridge Road, one tenth of a mile north of Ida Drive, unincorporated Cary, Illinois.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Dodge Neon was traveling southbound on W. Rawson Bridge Road.  The vehicle crossed the center line during the curve in the road and then struck a tree on the west side of the roadway.  The driver, Bradley J. Kass, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The passenger, Robert Sloan Jr., was transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The media release also indicates that “…alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash.”

This fatal McHenry County accident is being investigated by the McHenry County Traffic Crash Investigation Unit as well as the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Car Crash

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, as well as the May 2, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 men killed in car crash near Cary” and the May 2 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Police:  Alcohol may be factor in McHenry Co. double fatal crash.”

 

Speeding Vehicle Near Wonder Lake, Illinois

Speeding Vehicle In McHenry County, Illinois

One possible cause of car accidents is speeding and/or reckless driving, which can present hazards to both the driver of the speeding vehicle as well as to other roadway users.

There was a report today (April 7, 2014) of a speeding vehicle in McHenry County.  The incident happened on Saturday (April 5, 2014).

An excerpt regarding the speeding, from the April 7, 2014 McHenry TribLocal article titled “Police:  Man clocked going 101 mph in Mustang” :

A man was charged with reckless driving after police said they clocked him traveling at more than 100 mph in a 50 mph zone.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s office said today that 25-year-old Nicholas J. Brain, of Woodstock, was stopped in a red Ford Mustang on McCullom Lake Road near Wonder Lake at about 9:35 p.m. Saturday.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Speeding Incident

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry TribLocal article mentioned above.

Three-Vehicle Accident Injures Woodstock Police Officer

Crash In Woodstock

There was a three-vehicle accident in Woodstock, Illinois on Monday night (March 3, 2014) that injured a Woodstock Police Officer.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at approximately 6:24 p.m. at the intersection of Route 14 and Dean Street in Woodstock.

According to preliminary details, a crash occurred when a Toyota Prius heading westbound on Route 14 attempted to turn left.  In doing so, it collided with the Woodstock Police car, which was traveling eastbound on Route 14.  In turn, the police car hit another vehicle, a Volkswagen, in the intersection.

The Woodstock Police Officer, identified as Eric Schmidtke, had to be extricated from his car, and he was first taken to Woodstock Hospital, and then flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford.

The driver of the Prius, a 15-year-old, as well as an adult passenger, where both taken to Woodstock Hospital.

The driver of the Volkswagen was not injured during the accident.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office news release of March 4, 2014, titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates A Three Vehicle Traffic Crash” :

Alcohol was not suspected as playing a role in the crash.  The juvenile driver of the Toyota Prius was cited for Failure to Yield when Turning Left.  The traffic crash is under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit.

Various Sources And Updates For This McHenry County Crash

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office news release seen above, as well as the March 4 TribLocal McHenry article titled “Woodstock officer hurt in traffic accident.”