One Dead, One Arrested in Fatal Drag Racing Accident and Car Fire in Buffalo Grove


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Buffalo Grove Fire Department responded to the report of a crash with a car fire at Aptakisic Road and Prairie (Lake County W17) about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Buffalo Grove Fire Department units reported smoke showing during their response to the accident. Buffalo Grove police and fire arrived to find a car crashed into a power pole with a live wire on the car and a fire presumably caused by the live wire. People were trapped in the burning car and rescue efforts were hampered by the live wire — the car and pole located on the north side of Aptakisic Road about 300 feet east of Prairie. The car was apparently eastbound and crossed the westbound lanes and hit a fence and the utility pole. One person is reported killed by the accident. The dead driver is identified as Daniel Contini of Buffalo Grove.

Marco L. Rosero, 20, of Mount Prospect, was taken into police custody and was charged with drag racing and speeding. And the suspect may have immediately turned himself into police after the accident. Witnesses reported that drag racing caused the one-car accident. Police are questioning the suspect and witnesses and a prolonged investigation at the accident scene occurred Wednesday afternoon. Aptakisic Road is blocked from Buffalo Grove Road and Aptakisic Road is blocked from Weiland Road.

Also on the scene were Lincolnshire Police Department, Long Grove Fire Department, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department, Fox River Grove Police and the Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County. ComEd also responded to the scene to turn off electricity to the accident scene and help with removal of downed wires and a hanging power pole.