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Coroner identifies woman struck and killed by car in Lindenhurst

Police investigators work at the scene. | Photo by Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Victoria Sowka, 61, of Lindenhurst, was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross Route 45 in Lindenhurst Sunday evening, the Lake County Coroner’s Office said on Tuesday.

The Lindenhurst Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Villa Fire Protection District and Gurnee Fire Department responded around 5:25 p.m. Sunday to a call of a pedestrian hit by a car near Route 45 and Sand Lake Road in Lindenhurst.

Sowka was trying to cross Route 45 at Falling Waters Drive when she was struck by a 2015 Nissan Rogue SUV driving southbound. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The driver of the car was a 38-year-old Waukegan man, police said. No one in the car was injured.

The vehicle which struck the pedestrian is seen as police investigators work at the scene. | Photo by Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

An autopsy performed on Sowka confirmed she died from multiple traumatic injuries caused by blunt force trauma, Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said on Tuesday. “Ms. Sowka’s family has been notified and our deepest condolences go out to them. This is truly an awful tragedy,” Cooper said.

The Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) was called to assist the Lindenhurst Police Department with the investigation. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Lindenhurst Police Department at 847-356-5400.

The crash remains under investigation by the Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT), Lindenhurst Police Department and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.


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