Jiffy Lube Employee, Age 29, Struck and Killed by SUV in Service Bay in McHenry

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Jiffy Lube at 1807 North Richmond McHenry (Image capture August 2019 ©2021)
Jiffy Lube at 1807 North Richmond Road, McHenry (Image capture August 2019 ©2021).

Police, firefighters and paramedics from McHenry responded about 12:11 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2021 to a report that an employee was struck by an SUV at Jiffy Lube, 1807 North Richmond Road in McHenry.

McHenry paramedics transported the 29 year-old employee to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 91 year-old female driver of a beige 2004 Jeep Liberty hit the employee as she was exiting a vehicle service bay at the automotive business. The driver was accelerating when the employee was struck, according to the initial investigation. Initially police did not disclose whether the vehicle was moving forward or moving in reverse.

The driver was released from the scene pending an investigation, according to the McHenry Police Department.

Normal operating procedure for Jiffy Lube involves motorists staying in the driver’s seat of their vehicle, and employees providing motorists with an electronic tablet in order for the motorist to answer personal information and vehicle information on their own. The employees also ask a series of questions or suggest options for different services or products, such as an air filter or an upsell of the type of motor oil to use. Initially it was unknown whether the driver was instructed the service is completed, driver’s usually back out their own vehicle from the service bay.

There were no other passengers in the Jeep, and the driver of the Jeep did not report any injuries at the scene, according to the McHenry Police Department.

The fatal crash is being investigated by the McHenry County Regional Crash Assistance Team, which includes police officers from McHenry, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Harvard, Cary and Johnsburg.

The McHenry Police Department urges anyone with information about the crash to contact the criminal investigation division at 815-363-2599. Anonymous information can be provided by calling the McHenry Police Department tip line at 815-363-2124. The tip line does not use Caller ID.



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