USIC Utility Locator Worker Dies After He Was Struck by a Car on Main St Near Coyne Station Rd in Huntley

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A USIC utility locating service worker, Joseph Zephries, age 20, of Huntley has died at Northwestern Huntley Hospital after he was struck by a car while he was working on Main Street near Coyne Station Road in Huntley.

The driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old Chicago man, remained at the scene and has fully cooperated with police, according to the Huntley Police Department. The Chicago man was driving a 2023 Kia Forte eastbound on Main Street when the compact car struck Mr. Zephries. As an employee of USIC (US Infrastructure Corporation) Joseph Zephries was working on the south shoulder of the road assigned to utility line location.

At this time, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor with the driver in this incident, according to the Huntley Police Department.

Initially, no charges have been filed, pending a full accident reconstruction investigation.

Drivers are reminded that Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the #MoveOver law, requires motorists to slow down and move over if possible when approaching an emergency vehicle or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated on the side of the roadway.

The Huntley Police Department extends our condolences to the families involved and our whole community as we grieve this loss.

— Huntley Police Department

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Huntley responded about about 3:07 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2024 to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle inl the area of Main Street and Coyne Station Road in Huntley. The pedestrian that was injured was working on a construction project in the area, according to Huntley Police Department.

Huntley Engine 945’s crew was nearby when the call was dispatched. The crew was first on the scene, and reported shortly after arrival that they were working a traumatic cardiac arrest. Responding police officers arrived as the victim, 20-year-old Joseph Zephries of Huntley, was receiving treatment from Huntley Fire Protection District paramedics, according to the Huntley Police Department. Zephries was transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley where he was listed in critical condition.

Huntley police immediately released information stating that the driver of the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Main Street when the vehicle struck the male, who was working on the shoulder on the south side of Main Street.

Main Street was closed between Charles Sass Parkway and Coyne Station Road for an extended crash investigation as the Huntley Police Department and Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team (K-CART) conducted the investigation.

Main Street (Kane County A47) is a narrow two-lane highway with narrow shoulders and a Speed Limit of 55 MPH. There are mainly open spaces on both sides of the roadway with unincorporated property nearby to the north.

Main Street connects downtown Huntley with the west side of Huntley, including Huntley High School and the Lions Chase subdivision via Kreutzer Road.

USLC locator service personnel were on the scene, but it was initially unknown whether a USLC worker was injured, and what type of work was being done on Main Street near Coyne Station Road. Main Street has been a decade-long topic of development and planning, including a stoplight at Main Street and Kreutzer Road and development of the highway possibly planned for 2025.

Main Street was recently re-surfaced in the area.



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