Fatal Traffic Crash on Route 173 Near Route 41, Wadsworth

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16000 block Route 173, Wadsworth (Image capture September 2019 ©2022 Google)
16000 block Route 173, Wadsworth (Image capture September 2019 ©2022 Google).

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and Newport Township Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics responded about 3:00 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2022 to a report of a single-vehicle crash in the block of 16000 block of West Illinois Route 173 in Wadsworth. Upon arrival, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies located a red 2002 Chevrolet Blazer on its side off the roadway. The driver in the vehicle was the sole occupant. The driver, a 45-year-old male from North Chicago, was found unresponsive. Paramedics from the Newport Township Fire Protection District evaluated the crash victim and determined he was deceased.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Team responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation showed the Chevrolet Blazer was traveling eastbound on W. Illinois Route 173 approaching N. Mill Creek Road. For an unknown reason, the Chevrolet Blazer entered the westbound lanes of traffic and went into the embankment on the north side of the roadway. The Chevrolet Blazer struck a utility pole and trees before coming to a stop on its side.

Crash investigators and the Lake County Coroner’s Office are working to determine if impairment was a factor in this crash. The identification of the deceased driver is being withheld pending notification to his family.

The investigation will continue through the Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Team.



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