Motorcycle Accident Near Marengo Injures Motorcyclist And Passenger

McHenry County Motorcycle Accident

There was a motorcycle accident near Marengo Wednesday (August 29, 2018) afternoon.  The accident involved a motorcycle that was “rear-ended” by a pickup truck.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the August 30, 2018 Northwest Herald article titled “2 people on motorcycle taken to hospital after Marengo-area crash

About 12:30 p.m., the motorcycle pulled up to the intersection of Route 23 and Grange Road and stopped. As the driver waited to make a turn, a driver in a pickup truck rear-ended the motorcycle, Marengo Fire Protection District Assistant Chief John Kimmel said.

After the crash, the pickup truck rolled into Route 23, where a second truck rear-ended the pickup, Kimmel said.

The motorcyclist and passenger suffered injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature, and were taken to Centegra Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.

Additional Information Concerning This Motorcycle Accident Near Marengo

Additional details and possible updates concerning this motorcycle accident near Marengo can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

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.

Harvard Car-Motorcycle Collision Causes Life-Threatening Injuries

Car-Motorcycle Collision Causes Life-Threatening Injuries

There was a car-motorcycle collision Sunday (June 3, 2018) evening in Harvard.  The collision critically injured two motorcyclists.

The accident investigation has found that the driver of the car, identified as Yonatan Escobar-Albarran, 18, of Harvard, was driving south on Marengo Road at the time of the accident.  His car collided with two motorcyclists who were traveling westbound on West Brink Street.

Harvard first responders went to the accident scene at 4:46 p.m.

The motorcyclists were flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the June 5, 2018 Northwest Herald article titled “Teen driver charged in Harvard motorcycle-car crash set to appear in court“:

Yonatan Escobar-Albarran was issued two citations and is set to appear in court July 2. He has been charged with failure to yield at a stop/yield intersection and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash after colliding with a motorcycle at the intersection of Marengo Road and West Brink Street.

The preliminary accident investigation, which involved an accident reconstruction, was conducted by the Harvard Police Department with assistance from the Harvard Fire Department and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry County Car-Motorcycle Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this McHenry County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article 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.”

Fatal McHenry County Pedestrian Accident In Harvard

Fatal McHenry County Pedestrian Accident

There was a fatal McHenry County pedestrian accident in Harvard on Thursday (May 17, 2018) evening.  The accident involved a vehicle that hit a man who was walking.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  The cause and fault in the accident do not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

The fatal pedestrian accident happened 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of North Division Street and East Front Street.

An excerpt regarding the fatal pedestrian accident, as seen in the May 18 Daily Herald article titled “Pedestrian struck, killed in Harvard“:

Ronald L. Jacobs Sr., 69, of Harvard, was pronounced dead at 10:11 p.m. Thursday, and an autopsy Friday revealed that he died of blunt trauma of the chest, according to the coroner.

The accident investigation of this McHenry County crash is being conducted by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office, Harvard Police, and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal McHenry County Pedestrian Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal McHenry County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal Collision In Unincorporated Richmond Involving Car And SUV

Fatal McHenry County Vehicle Collision

There was a fatal collision between a SUV and a car early Wednesday (May 16, 2018) in unincorporated Richmond.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (in a May 16 media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigating Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash“) deputies, as well as the Richmond Fire Protection District and Wonder Lake Fire Protection District first went to the accident scene at 7:00 a.m.  The accident scene was at the intersection of Tryon Grove Road and Keystone Road.

An excerpt regarding the fatal collision from the media release:

Preliminary investigation indicated that a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban driven by the 32-year-old was traveling eastbound on Tryon Grove Road west of Keystone Road, and did not have a stop sign. A 2007 Toyota Prius, driven by the Vernon Hills man, was traveling northbound on Keystone Road approaching Tryon Grove Road, where there is a stop sign.  The Prius stopped but then for unknown reasons pulled out in front of the Suburban, causing the collision.

The driver of the Prius, identified as a 77-year-old man, died at the accident scene.  The driver of the Suburban was taken by ambulance to Centegra Hospital in McHenry for medical treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be minor injuries.

Another excerpt from the media release regarding restraint systems that deployed in each vehicle:

Airbags deployed in the Prius, but not in the Suburban.  The drivers of both vehicles were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

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

Additional Details Concerning This Fatal Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal McHenry County vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Kishwaukee Valley Road Fatal Motorcycle Crash Near Woodstock

Fatal McHenry County Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle crash Sunday (May 6, 2018) morning in McHenry County near Woodstock.  The crash apparently involved a motorcycle loss of control.

According to information provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at 11:03 a.m. as a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Kishwaukee Valley Road, just west of Vermont Road.  At that time, the motorcycle ran off the curved roadway and first went into a ditch, then over Vermont Road.

The motorcyclist, identified as Donald E. Hansen, 72, of Woodstock, was ejected from the motorcycle.  He was severely injured during the crash and was taken to Centegra Medical Center in Woodstock, where he was pronounced dead.

An excerpt regarding the motorcyclist, from the May 7, 2018 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Woodstock Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash“:

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The motorcycle had no mechanical issues, police said. The investigation revealed that the “motorcycle operational abilities were believed to have contributed to the crash,” according to a news release.

A subsequent autopsy revealed that Hansen died from from blunt force trauma to the head.

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

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal McHenry County Motorcycle Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this McHenry County fatal motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Changes To McHenry County Drunk Driving Testing

McHenry County Drunk Driving Accidents

Accidents in which the driver is impaired by alcohol usage or, increasingly, when the driver is drug-impaired continue to happen in significant numbers.  On this site, McHenry County accidents which involve impaired driving can be found in posts found under the “DUI” category.   As seen in those crashes, impaired driving often causes serious accident injuries and in some cases fatalities.

In an effort to deter drunk driving – especially that done by “repeat offenders” – there has been a recently announced change in policy with regard to DUI testing by police departments in McHenry County.  The changes are discussed in a variety of media sources, including the April 13 Chicago Tribune article titled “New DUI policy:  Refuse breath test, cop will seek instant warrant for blood test” as well as the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office press release titled “Police Departments in McHenry County Instituting a ‘No Refusal’ DUI Policy.”

Notable excerpts from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office press release:

Starting April 15, 2018, the Algonquin, Cary, Harvard, Huntley Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Spring Grove, and Woodstock Police Departments, in collaboration with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, will institute a new policy whereby a warrant for a blood draw will be obtained for any DUI suspect that refuses breathalyzer testing.

also:

While DUI suspects face severe civil penalties, such as suspension of driving privileges, if they refuse breathalyzer testing, police cannot generally require or physically force a suspect to submit.  As such, many DUI suspects, mostly those who subjectively believe their blood alcohol concentration to be above the legal limit of 0.08 g/dL, often attempt to obstruct a DUI investigation by refusing to submit to breathalyzer testing. This is especially true of repeat DUI offenders.  Refusal is done in an effort to ensure that breathalyzer results cannot be used in a subsequent criminal prosecution.

The new policy will no longer allow DUI suspects to undermine criminal prosecutions in this way.  Rather, should a DUI suspect refuse breathalyzer testing, a warrant will be sought allowing police to draw the suspect’s blood.  Should the warrant be granted, the suspect will be transported to a nearby emergency room where his/her blood will be drawn and tested for blood alcohol concentration.  This policy will ensure that prosecutors are equipped with the strongest possible evidence in court and, thereby, that all DUI offenders are held accountable.

Additional Details Regarding This New McHenry County DUI Testing Policy 

Additional details concerning this new drunk driving testing can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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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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