Lake in the Hills police and Huntley firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:56 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2018 to the block of 3900 Willow View Drive to a report of a car in a retention pond at The Villas condo community.
When police and firefighter/paramedics arrived, citizens were performing CPR on a 34 year-old woman. For a short period of time the first arriving police officer and citizens were involved with CPR. Before rescuers arrived, a citizen rescuer had already pulled a woman out of a partially submerged silver 2003 Lexus sedan that was mostly submerged on the driver’s side.
A 19 year-old woman was able to get out of the car and out of the water on her own. She was transported to Centegra Hospital – Huntley. The 34-year-old woman was transported to Centegra hospital while still unconscious. Wednesday morning the 34 year-old woman continued to be listed in critical condition.
Extra dive teams from Cary FPD and Crystal Lake Fire Department were dispatched about 6:23 p.m. Monday to search the pond to confirm there were no additional victims, and to help with towing and recovery of the vehicle. The car was removed from the pond about 8:30 p.m. A MABAS Division 5 light truck/support truck also responded to the scene.
Thunderstorms from a cold front ending a 3-day heat wave were in the area at the time of the crash, and the pavement was wet. Tire tracks indicated the sedan entered the pond backwards. Heavy rain was falling during part of the incident operations period. Huntley police are investigating the crash, and initially determined the Lexus was southbound on Willow View Drive when it left the roadway and entered the pond. The roadway in the condo community is just east of the McHenry County Conservation District Exner Marsh Nature Preserve, and just west of Frank Road and the Boulder Ridge County Club in Lake in the Hills.
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Later report confirmed only one woman was in critical condition …