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Posted on: March 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Man Intentionally Drives into Tree While Arguing with Passenger

On March 1, 2023, at approximately 7:45 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of 29th Street and Lone Oak Road, Beach Park, for a traffic crash with injuries.  Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a Nissan Murano that struck a tree.  There was significant damage to the Nissan.

The driver of the Nissan, a 68-year-old man, of the 800 block of Greenview Street, Gurnee, and his passenger, a 38-year-old woman of Zion, were entrapped and had to be extricated by the fire department from the vehicle.  Both the driver and the passenger were transported to area hospitals with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.  

Preliminary investigation shows the driver and the victim, who have a relationship, were arguing with one another.  During the argument, the driver indicated he was going to end their lives.  The driver, as he traveled eastbound on 29th Street, accelerated, veered off the roadway, and drove the Nissan directly into a tree.

Both the driver and the passenger remain hospitalized with serious injuries.  

After reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office have approved the following charges for the driver:

Aggravated Domestic Battery (Class 2 Felony)

Reckless Conduct (Class 4 Felony)

Additional charges are possible.  

The driver’s name is being withheld pending his discharge from the hospital.  Upon his discharge, he will be placed into custody and transported to the Lake County Jail.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  

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