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Coroner IDs 70-year-old woman killed in Third Lake crash

The crash happened north of Route 45 and West Cottage Avenue near Third Lake | Photo Credit: Google Street View

Katherine Lewis, 70, of Grayslake, died after her car was struck head-on by a 17-year-old Round Lake Beach boy in Third Lake on Saturday, the Lake County Coroner said on Wednesday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Gurnee Fire Department were called at 4:35 p.m. Saturday to the area of Route 45 and West Cottage Avenue in Warren Township.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that a 2011 Kia Soul, driven by a 17-year-old Round Lake Beach boy, and a 2003 Toyota Corolla, driven by Lewis, were involved in the crash.

Officials said that the Toyota was on fire and a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy extinguished it before firefighters arrived.

Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the Kia was traveling northbound on Route 45 when it crossed the double-yellow line and entered into the southbound lane of traffic.

The Kia struck the Toyota as it was driving southbound. Lewis sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where she was later pronounced dead.

The 17-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was also transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center.

An autopsy performed Tuesday on Lewis showed that she died from multiple traumatic injuries from the crash. Routine toxicology testing is pending.

“We have notified Ms. Lewis’s family and our deepest condolences go out to them. This was certainly a terrible tragedy,” Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.


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