20-year-old Ryan K. Fleming, 21-year-old Daisen T. Hollands and 20-year-old Quinlan M. Hartney were all killed after the Jeep they were in struck a tree in unincorporated Woodstock early Sunday morning.
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 Fleming was the driver, Hollands, Hartney and another man, who has not yet been publicly identified, were passengers.
Fleming, Hollands and Hartney were pronounced dead at the scene and the fourth man was transported to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Rogers added. None of them were believed to be wearing their seatbelt during the crash.
The man was transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with life-threatening injuries. Rogers said that all four men were from Woodstock. The fourth man, who suffered life-threatening injuries, is 20 years old.
Autopsies performed on the three men showed that Fleming died from blunt trauma to the chest, Hollands died from blunt trauma to the spine and chest, and Hartney died from blunt trauma to the chest.
“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 Jeep was also not equipped with airbags, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday evening.
The crash remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigations Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.