Police Investigating Possible Distracted Driving Cause in Fatal Crash Where Acura Driver Crossed Center Line on River Rd and Hit 2 Motorcycles in Holiday Hills


Holiday Hills police, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies, Illinois Department of Natural Resource Police, Island Lake Police Department, and firefighter/paramedics from Nunda Rural Fire/Rescue and McHenry Township Fire/Rescue District responded about 7:26 p.m. Wednesday June 3, 2020 to a report of a serious crash involving a Trike motorcycle, a second motorcycle and a sedan in the block of 2300 South River Road.

On arrival police discovered three people injured and three vehicles involved — a 2017 Acura TLX, a 2005 Harley-Davidson Trike, and a 2003 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy Motorcycle that had crashed on South River Road, north of Sunset Drive.

The driver of the 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a 65-year-old Lake in the Hills man, was airlifted to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was listed in critical condition.

The driver of the 2005 Harley-Davidson, a 56-year-old McHenry woman, was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Her 9-year-old female passenger on the 2005 Harley-Davidson was transported to Northwestern Hospital in McHenry with serious injuries. The drivers of the motorcycles were not wearing helmets, The child passenger on the Trike was wearing a helmet, according to police.

The driver of the Acura Acura TLX did not initially report any injuries.

An on-scene crash investigation closed the River Road and nearby intersections until about midnight. Police say the 20 year-old female driver of the Acura had been traveling northbound on River Road when she drove into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason. The 20 year-old female driver from McHenry went into the southbound lane of traffic before striking both motorcycles, causing the riders to be ejected from the motorcycles, police said. Neighbors near the scene of the crash said the driver of the Acura was texting before the crash. Police investigators are attempting to interview witnesses, and are checking phone records for the driver of the Acura to determine whether phone activity occurred during the time of the crash.

There is a slight curve along River Road at the scene of the crash near the border of Holiday Hills and unincorporated Nunda Township in McHenry County. A northbound driver on River Road that would fail to navigate the curve would drift into the oncoming southbound lanes. The Speed Limit on River Road is 50 MPH according to Google Maps Street View on October 12, 2012

An ongoing crash investigation is underway with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit, Holiday Hills Police Department and the coroner’s office.

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