Today, Wednesday August 1, 2018, authorities released the identity of a woman after she died from injuries she suffered in a head-on crash on Saturday July 28, 2018 on Route 45 near Cottage Ave. Katherine Lewis, age 70, of Grayslake, was the name released by the Lake County Coroner’s office Wednesday afternoon.
Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said an autopsy was performed on Katherine Lewis on Tuesday July 31, 2018, and the preliminary finding was that Lewis died of “multiple traumatic injuries due to the crash.”
Toxicology test results are pending, Cooper said.
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at about 4:35 p.m. Saturday on Route 45, just north of West Cottage Drive, in Warren Township.
By Sunday, police said a preliminary investigation showed that a 2011 Kia Soul, driven by a 17-year-old male from Round Lake Beach was traveling northbound on Route 45 when the driver apparently crossed the double-yellow center lines and entered a southbound lane. His Kia Soul struck a southbound 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by Katherine Lewis.
The first Lake County sheriff’s deputy to arrive at the scene extinguished a small fire in the engine compartment of the Toyota before Gurnee Fire Department firefighters arrived.
Both drivers were transported by Gurnee firefighter/paramedics to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center. The driver of the Kia Soul suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Katherine Lewis sustained critical, life-threatening injuries, and Lewis died the following day.
Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Covelli said Wednesday that the crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit, and that as of Wednesday August 1, 2018, no charges had been filed.
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