On August 12, 2023, at approximately 7:25 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 31200 block of North Route 12, Volo, for a traffic crash with injuries. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a Chevrolet Cruze with heavy damage. The Chevrolet collided with a fuel tanker truck.
Preliminary investigation shows the driver of the Chevrolet, an 84-year-old woman of Oakwood Hills, was exiting a parking lot on the east side of Route 12. She traveled west from the parking lot, toward the southbound lanes, as the semi-truck, driven by a 39-year-old man of McHenry was traveling northbound. The driver of the Chevrolet abruptly made a U-turn, in front of the semi-truck. The driver of the semi-truck drove into the grassy media, to avoid a direct collision. The Chevrolet Cruze struck the rear of the semi-truck, causing major damage.
The driver of the Chevrolet sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported via ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where she was pronounced deceased. The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured and is cooperating with the investigation.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office is scheduling an autopsy on the driver of the Chevrolet.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations unit with the assistance of the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team.