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Road Rage, Vehicle Chase? Car vs. Tree Crash on Windsor Drive Near Grove Street

Tue August 02 2011 8:54 pm
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VIDEO: Car vs. tree crash near Windsor Drive and Grove Street.

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:55 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a vehicle vs. tree crash and rollover in the 300 block of South Windsor Drive, near Grove Street. Police arrived to find a black Volkswagen GTI uprighted after it apparently rolled over while hitting a tree on the west side of the east portion of Windsor Drive. The vehicle stopped almost in the middle of the boulevard park less than 100 yards from the crash site where John ‘Jack’ Gavin was killed as a passenger in a car crash with a tree that occurred about 1:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011.

FILE PHOTO: Pontiac Aztek: This morning a commenter, checking in as a witness, stated the offending vehicle was a blue and black Pontiac Aztek, not a blue Chevy Suburban.

Witnesses at the scene said that a 17-year-old male got out of the car on his own after the crash. Word at the scene was that the driver told bystanders, who came to help, that he was being chased by a man driving a blue Chevy Suburban. Third-party accounts stated that, before the crash, the driver of the black Volkswagen GTI got out of his car to say he was sorry for some type of encounter, but that the driver of the blue Chevy Suburban got out his vehicle with a baseball bat. According to third party accounts, the driver of the GTI took off with the driver of the Chevy Suburban chasing. When the driver of the GTI was westbound on Grove Street, he attempted to take a fast turn to go northbound on Windsor Drive, but instead lost control and crossed the center of Windsor Drive and left the roadway, hitting a tree and rolling over. No information was available regarding where the alleged road rage incident began.

Arlington Heights police are investigating the scene with an evidence technician taking photos of the crash site. Police were also gathering witness information and driver statements for investigation.

Neighbors in the Stonegate subdivision have attempted to gain additional traffic controls or enforcement in the stretch of Windsor Drive between Kensington Road and Northwest Highway, but efforts or proposals were declined by the Village of Arlington Heights, according to witnesses at the scene.

There have been at least four crashes involving vehicles leaving the roadway (one fatal) in the last four years in the neighborhood.

The VW GTI had heavy front-end damage and heavy roof damage.

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