The man who died Friday July 3, 2020 in Petite Lake in unincorporated Lake Villa is now publicly identified as an off-duty Palatine police officer. Victor Lopez, age 49, of Round Lake Beach, was off duty with friends when he died. His friends tried to save him when he was found unresponsive underwater.
Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit along with Lake County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies and Lake Villa Fire Protection District firefighter/paramedics were dispatched about 5:45 p.m. Friday July 3, 2020, to the block of 38800 North Cedar Crest Drive in unincorporated Lake Villa, for a report of an unconscious subject. Further information obtained by 911 telecommunicators indicated a 49-year-old man, of Round Lake Beach, went under water while swimming at an area known as the ‘Sandbar’ in Petite Lake.
Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit Deputies arrived at the scene first and found the man’s friends performing CPR on the man. The Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit deployed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and attempted to shock the man’s heart back to rhythm. They assisted with rendering aid until Lake Villa FPD paramedics arrived.
Preliminary investigation shows the man had been at the Sandbar for approximately two hours. Suddenly, his friends could not locate the man and they began searching in the area where he was last seen. They found him under the water near their boat, unconscious. They immediately removed the man from the water, administered CPR, and boated him to the shore.
Paramedics transported to the man to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies found no immediate signs of trauma or foul-play. The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the hospital and were in the process of scheduling an autopsy.
The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office. Initially, the man’s identity was not released pending notification of his family.
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