Barrington and Lake Zurich Area Optometrist Charged with Murder in Schaumburg Was Driver in a Head-on Crash That Killed His Wife in Lake in the Hills in 2011

Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg
Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg.

A Barrington and Lake Zurich area optometrist has been charged with First Degree Murder after he call 9-1-1 to report that he was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend, and that both were injured.

Dr. Anthony Prate, who was charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg Saturday November 23, 2019, accused of stabbing a woman in her townhouse, was the driver in a head-on crash that killed his wife in Lake in the Hills in March 2011.

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Margaret Daniel, homicide victim Schaumburg
Margaret Daniel, homicide victim Schaumburg.

Schaumburg police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 1:31 a.m. Saturday November 23, 2019 to a report of two people injured in an altercation in the block of 300 Arbor Glen Boulevard. The caller, Dr. Anthony R. Prate, age 55 (born July 30, 1964), advised that he and his girlfriend had a physical altercation with a knife, and that both were injured. Schaumburg police officers entered the residence, secured the scene, and discovered a deceased female victim who had been stabbed multiple times.





The Schaumburg Police Investigations Division was assigned to initiate a death investigation. Anthony R. Prate, was transported by Schaumburg Fire Department firefighter/paramedics to a local hospital for injuries to his hands and arms. He was subsequently released and taken into custody for further questioning.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy later on Sunday, November 24, 2019 and ruled the cause of death as a homicide resulting from more than 20 cutting injuries. The female victim was identified as Malgorzata (Margaret) Daniel, age 48 (born June 10, 1971). Margaret Daniel was a resident at the address on Arbor Glen Boulevard, Schaumburg, IL.

The facts of the case were reviewed by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and a First Degree Murder (Class X Felony) charge was approved against Anthony Prate, a resident in the block of 1400 Spring Hill Drive in Algonquin. Prate is scheduled to appear at the Cook County Circuit Court Third Municipal District Rolling Meadows Courthouse for a bond hearing on Monday, November 25, 2019.

Prate Head-on Crash in 2011

Anthony R. Prate was married to Bridget M. Prate, who was killed in a two-vehicle crash on March 1, 2011 in Lake in the Hills. Anthony Prate was driving southbound in a black 2009 black Nissan 4-door SUV with his wife when he crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into a 2008 Chevrolet SUV that was heading northbound on Pyott Road. The Nissan went off the west side of Pyott Road and struck a tree and a fence near McPhee Drive. Bridget Prate was transported to Sherman Hospital in Elgin where she was pronounced dead. Anthony Prate was treated and released from Centegra Hospital in McHenry.

Prate is listed as an optometrist at Eye Works Ltd with locations in Barrington and Lake Zurich. According to the Eye Works Ltd official website, Dr. Prate graduated cum laude in 1990 from the Illinois Eye Institute, College of Optometry, and Prate is the Vice President of The Eye Works, Ltd. According to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Registry (IDFPR), Anthony R. Prate, OD has an active license (OD) and has never been disciplined. His license was first issued on September 30, 1991.

Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg
Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg.

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