Authorities released the identity Saturday morning of the driver that was killed along with her 17-month old grandson in a three-vehicle crash Thursday night December 19, 2019 about 5:20 p.m. on Route 59 near Beach Avenue north of Petite Lake Road.
Nancy Siedlecki, age 64, of Spring Grove was identified by the Lake County coroner’s office as the driver who was killed when her Nissan was flipped over during the crash.
The identify of the grandson, who lived in Lake Zurich, was not initially released by authorities. Both crash victims died of multiple injuries from blunt force trauma, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Siedlecki and her grandson were pronounced dead at the crash scene.
Nancy Siedlecki’s 3-year-old granddaughter was also injured, and was listed in critical condition Friday December 20, 2019 at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Pediatric Critical Care Unit in Park Ridge. The 3-year-old was transported to Vista Medical Center – Lindenhurst, and then transferred by Flight for Life to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
Three other people that were injured in the crash have been released from the hospital.
A family dog was also killed in the Nissan SUV when the crash occurred.
The early investigation indicates that Siedlecki was traveling northbound in a 2017 Nissan SUV, when the driver of a 2014 Ford pickup truck, pulling a trailer, was attempting to merge from the east side (northbound) shoulder, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Two people are dead, and three others are seriously injured, after a three-vehicle rollover crash on Route 59 in Lake Villa. https://t.co/UBm9ervhj5
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The Ford clipped the front of the Nissan SUV, causing the Nissan to roll to its side, according to police. The Nissan slid on its side into the southbound lanes of Route 59, where the roof of the Nissan was struck by a southbound 2007 Hyundai minivan. The Nissan came to rest on its roof with the three victims inside the vehicle.
The driver of the Ford pickup truck was identified Friday as a 41-year-old man from the Grayslake area. He was treated at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and released.
A 57-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, both from the Lake Villa area were injured in the Hyundai minivan. They were the only two people in the Hyundai. Both were treated at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and released.
Initially, no charges were filed, and the crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit. As is standard for serious crashes, investigators will be analyzing onboard data recorders, and are sending subpoenas for other items and information, including medical records. Sgt. Christopher Covelli said. “It is likely to take several weeks to months before the entire crash investigation is concluded.”
Route 59 is on a slight hill near the crash scene, where the Speed Limit was 45 MPH according to Google Maps Street View October 2018. The roadway is a narrow two-lane highway with a double yellow center line and a narrow shoulder marked by a white line. The soft shoulder is also narrow with brush and trees near the roadway at the crash scene.
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