Police and firefighter/paramedics from Mundelein responded about 10:10 a.m. Wednesday January 1, 2019 to a report of a serious crash on Route 45 just north of Route 60 in Mundelein. Police on arrival discovered two people injured after a high-speed crash involving two vehicles with severe damage.
The male driver of a Lincoln MXZ sedan was trapped in his vehicle after the crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper. Initially his identity was not released, but he is described as a 56 year-old man from Buffalo Grove.
The driver of a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
Initial investigation determined that the driver of the silver Lincoln MXZ sedan was attempting to turn left into the Burger King when his vehicle was struck on the passenger side. The driver of the pickup truck is accused of driving at excessive speed, and charges against him are pending according to Mundelein police.
The pickup truck with front-end damage came to rest near the Burger King street sign on the west side of Lake Street (US 45). The Lincoln MXZ with severe crushing damage on the passenger side was pushed across the street near the Townline Square sign on the east side of Lake Street (US 45).
An on-scene crash investigation was detailed with road closures until about 3:30 p.m. The Mundelein Police Department, Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team, the Lake County Coroner’s Office are continuing the investigation. The Speed Limit on Lake Street (US 45) is 35 MPH, according Google Maps Street View, November 2018.
An autopsy is scheduled for the Buffalo Grove man, and routine blood tests following a fatal crash are also underway.
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