Single-Vehicle Crystal Lake Crash Injures Two People

Single-Vehicle McHenry County Crash

A single-vehicle Crystal Lake crash occurred early Monday (October 5, 2020) morning. This single-vehicle crash occurred after the vehicle left the roadway.

The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the October 7, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “Driver charged with DUI, passenger flown to hospital following Crystal Lake crash.” An excerpt:

A preliminary investigation found that the vehicle left the roadway while traveling eastbound on Route 14.

It then struck a traffic control pole on the southeast corner of the intersection. The driver, identified as Jasmine Ortiz, 25, of Palatine, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


Ortiz was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class A misdemeanor, Kotlowski said.

Both Ortiz and an adult passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry for treatment of their accident injuries.

This single-vehicle Crystal Lake crash remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Additional Details Regarding This Single-Vehicle Crystal Lake Crash

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

For many reasons, when a vehicle leaves the roadway it is vulnerable to crashing. Often, it is vulnerable to hitting a fixed object such as a tree, utility box, fence or utility pole.

Accidents involving vehicles leaving the roadway are further discussed on the “Accidents In Which Vehicles Leave The Roadway” page. As mentioned on that page, there are various reasons as to why a driver may lose control of the vehicle and leave the roadway.

Among the prominent reasons for loss of vehicle control are drunk driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving. Another reason is driving while impaired by drugs, which is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Caused By Drug-Impaired Drivers” page. Drug-impaired driving has been increasing in frequency, leading to many Chicago-area accidents.