Charges are pending against an Antioch man after he fled the scene of a fatal crash in Antioch, sheriff’s officials said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Antioch Police Department, and Antioch Fire Department responded at 1:37 a.m. on Sunday to a vehicle crash with injuries near Route 59 and Grass Lake Road in Antioch Township. When sheriff’s deputies arrived they found two vehicles with major damage.
Authorities said that a 2015 Chevrolet, driven by a 26-year-old woman of Youngtown, Arizona, was traveling northbound on Route 59 south of Grass Lake Road. A 2007 Volvo, driven by a 41-year-old man of Antioch Township, was traveling northbound behind the Chevrolet.
As both vehicles proceeded northbound, the driver of the Volvo rear-ended the Chevrolet, for an unknown reason, causing both vehicles to lose control, police said. Both the Chevrolet and Volvo left the roadway and each struck a tree. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Volvo fled the scene on foot. A Lake County Sheriff’s Office canine team responded and performed a scent-track of the driver. He was located at his residence nearby. The man was not arrested but charges are pending.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.