3 Dead, 1 Seriously Hurt After Jeep Crashes In Unincorporated McHenry County

Andy Dahn
December 16, 2018 - 2:42 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three Woodstock men were dead and a fourth was in serious condition after a Jeep crashed into a tree early Sunday in unincorporated McHenry County.

At 3:32 a.m., the four were driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee up the 3100 block of Lily Pond Road in unincorporated Woodstock, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office. After passing McConnell Road, the Jeep veered off-path and struck a tree to the west.

McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Sandra Rogers said the single-vehicle crash happened just after 3:30 a.m. near the 3200 block of Lily Pond Road.

"There were four people in a 1994 black Jeep Cherokee," said McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Sandra Rogers. "It had left the roadway to the west side of the road, it was going northbound and then left to the west, and struck a tree."

The driver, 20, and two passengers, 20 and 21, died at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. The sole survivor, a 20-year-old, was taken to Northwestern Hospital in Huntley and later moved to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was in serious condition.

"It appears speed is definitely a factor in the accident. Add that to the fact the roads were a little slick in the morning and it's just a bad combination."

The Jeep didn’t have airbags installed, the sheriff’s office said, and investigators believe none of the four were wearing seatbelts when they hit the tree.

The sheriff’s Major Crash Investigators Unit was investigating.