Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Wauconda Fire District firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday February 11, 2020 to a report of a crash with injuries on Route 12, just south of Brandenburg Road in Volo.
Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and discovered that a vehicle — a Chevrolet Aveo — was driven into the back of a street sweeper. The driver of the Chevrolet was critically injured in the crash. He was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the street sweeper initially reported no injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by a 59-year-old man of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, was traveling southbound on Route 12. The Chevrolet Aveo was traveling in the inside lane. At the same time, there was a Freightliner Street Sweeper, driven by a 43-year-old man of Elk Grove Village, also traveling southbound in the inside lane. The driver of the street sweeper was driving at a reduced speed, as he was conducting cleaning operations of the roadway.
For an unknown reason, the driver of the Chevrolet drove directly into the rear of the street sweeper.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.
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
According to Google Maps Street View August 2017 and October 2018, Speed Limit signs are not posted in the vicinity of the crash on Route 12 near Brandburg Road.
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