Photo by Alex Vucha.

Three men are dead and another man was seriously injured after the Jeep they were in struck a tree in unincorporated Woodstock early Sunday morning, police said.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police Department and Woodstock Fire/Rescue were called to the area of 3221 Lily Pond Road just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday for a single-vehicle crash.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that a 1994 Jeep Cherokee was driving northbound on Lily Pond Road when it left the roadway just north of the railroad tracks. The Jeep struck a tree on the west side of the road, authorities added.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said that four men were in the vehicle. Three of the men were pronounced dead at the scene and the fourth was transported to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Rogers added.

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The man has since been transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with life-threatening injuries.

Rogers said that the driver of the Jeep was a 20-year-old. The two passengers pronounced dead at the scene were 20 and 21 years old. The fourth man who suffered life-threatening injuries is 20 years old. Names of the the victims have not yet been released.

“It was foggy, the roads were icy, and we have a witness who said the vehicle was driving above the posted speed limit,” Rogers said at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigations Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

20 replies on “3 dead after car hits tree in unincorporated Woodstock”

  1. Seems in pretty poor taste to put your signature on a photo of a wreck in which three people died, as if it’s a wedding photo or an art print.

    1. Not really poor taste. They are just protecting from the photo being reprinted. Very sad story, I didn’t even notice the watermark signature because all professionals use them no matter what.

      1. Professional stringers do NOT use them. This is the type of mark you see on a wedding or art photo. News stringers typically either rely on the news outlet to provide credit (as this one did below the photo) or put a small “courtesy” caption in one corner. That signature marks him as an amateur inappropriately using this opportunity to promote his business.

  2. Totally agree it is tasteless. A tragic accident and oh better make sure that I took the picture. Simply disrespectful to those of lost their lives.

  3. Who’s really gonna take credit for that picture come on now who wants credit for a picture where 3 young men lost their lives

  4. Alex is a professional photographer whose work specifically includes covering news in McHenry County. He rightfully receives credit for his work under the protection of state copyright and licensing laws. There is nothing malicious nor disrespectful here regarding his assignment nor his work. Please be respectful of those whose works includes the creative process. My deepest condolences to the families and friends of these young men. A sad day for Woodstock, indeed.

    1. I’ve worked in news in several markets and have never once seen a stringer do this. They typically either put a small, tasteful “courtesy” mark in the corner or include that requirement in their deal memo with the news outlet. Putting a signature on it like an art or wedding photo is completely tasteless, and it marks him as an amateur.

      Also, he doesn’t “receive credit for his work under the protection of state copyright and licensing laws,” because copyright is governed by federal law, not state. There is no requirement whatsoever in that federal law for a news photo to have a giant signature right under the victims’ bodies to receive copyright protection. That mark is there only for advertising and promotional purposes. This is not the place to advertise his services for the next wedding.

  5. Speed hurt,
    You seem to be somewhat of a prick! These are very good friends of mine, he lived on that road for years! The turn was super icy, no salt spread, until after the accident, Also if you viewed the crash site, it’s clear as day he tried his hardest to pull out of the ditch! We lost 4 good men yesterday! 1 year ago we also lost another buddy on 47 due to a motorcycle crash! God bless all of there families! Merry Christmas!

  6. This photographer has know gotten a lot of free publicity. Doesn’t matter if I agree with the signature or not people died here.

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