Fatal Crash on West Neville Rd Just West of Darrell Rd, Unincorporated Wauconda

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Police and firefighter/paramedics from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Wauconda Fire District responded about 11:00 a.m. Friday January 3, 2020 to a report of a serious one-vehicle crash on West Neville Road just west of Darrell Road, Unincorporated Wauconda.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a single-vehicle crash. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and was deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation showed that the driver of a 2016 Lincoln MKC was traveling westbound on West Neville Road just west of Darrell Road. For an unknown reason, the driver left the roadway on the south side of the road and struck a tree. After striking the tree, the Lincoln rolled over and came to rest back in the middle of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle, a 54 year-old male from McHenry, was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

An on-scene crash investigation closed the roadway late Friday morning and Friday afternoon, and an ongoing crash investigation remains underway with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Team and the Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. An autopsy is being scheduled for the deceased. Initially, there was no confirmation that the driver had a medical issue prior to the crash.

Neville Road is a narrow rural highway with narrow shoulders and no posted Speed Limit, according to Google Maps Street View in September 2012.

Speed Limits
Speeding is one of the leading contributors to vehicle crashes, deaths and serious injuries on roadways. Individuals may drive at the maximum allowable speed only under safe conditions. For safety purposes, a minimum speed limit may be posted along certain roadways.

When minimum limits are not posted, a driver should not drive so slow as to create an interference with the normal movement of traffic.

The following speed limits apply, unless otherwise posted:
• Interstates and tollways — 70 mph.
• Highways with four lanes — 65 mph.
• Other highways and rural areas — 55 mph.
• City/town areas — 30 mph.
• Alleys — 15 mph.
• School zones — 20 mph (on school days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. when children are present and signs are posted).

Local municipalities have the discretion to post speed limits different from those listed.

A driver must take care to slow down when approaching and crossing an intersection, going around a curve, approaching the top of a hill, or traveling on a narrow and winding roadway.

A driver must be aware that there may always be dangers present due to pedestrians, bicyclists, traffic, weather, mechanical problems or road conditions.

Illinois 2020 Rules of the Road


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