Police and firefighter/paramedics from Antioch responded about 4:05 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020 to a report of a crash with ejection on Route 45 north of Route 173 in unincorporated Antioch.
Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies on arrival located two vehicles — a Ford Taurus and a Dodge Caliber with major damage at the crash near Gander RV.
The driver of the Ford Taurus was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with critical injuries. He later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. A 36-year-old female passenger and a 6-year-old female passenger in the Ford Taurus were also transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Dodge was transported to St. Catherine’s Hospital in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with injuries that initially appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded and an autopsy on the driver of the Ford Taurus is pending.
Based on evidence at the scene and witness statements, the preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a Dodge Caliber and the driver of a Ford Taurus were both traveling northbound on Route 45, north of Route 173. The driver of the Ford Taurus, a 39-year-old man of Round Lake, attempted to pass the Dodge, as they both traveled northbound. The driver of the Dodge, a 23-year-old male of Bristol, Wisconsin, swerved toward the Ford, causing the Ford to maneuver toward the shoulder of the southbound lanes. The driver of the Ford then lost control, and while correcting, struck the Dodge. This caused the Ford to roll and the driver to be ejected.
Following the on-scene investigation, the crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.
Northbound US-45 is one lane with a narrow shoulder and a Speed Limit of 55 MPH, according to Google Maps Street View. A northbound right curve is located north of the intersection with Route 173. There are two southbound lanes of US-45 close to the intersection.
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