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Pickup truck slams into Spring Grove home, pinning sleeping 71-year-old woman under truck

A pickup truck crashed several feet into a home near Spring Grove early Sunday morning | Photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A 71-year-old woman survived after a pickup truck slammed through her Spring Grove home, trapping her underneath the truck while the driver fled the scene, police said.

Talon C. Franz, 28, of the 0-100 block of Oak Hill Colony Street in Fox Lake, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury traffic crash, reckless driving, failure to report a traffic crash, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Fire Protection District responded at 1:45 a.m. Sunday to the 28900 block of South Avenue in unincorporated Spring Grove for a vehicle that struck a house with injuries.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that a 2009 GMC pickup truck was traveling northbound on Route 12 north of North Lake Vista Terrace at a high rate of speed when it struck a northbound 2018 Volkswagen SUV.

Talon C. Franz, 28, of Fox Lake.

The GMC then struck a utility pole on the west side of Route 12, drove through a fence, went several feet into a home and pinned a sleeping 71-year-old woman underneath the truck. The driver, later identified as Franz, fled the scene on foot and was taken into custody at his residence, Covelli said.

Firefighters extricated the 71-year-old woman and transported her to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 69-year-old man driving the Volkswagen and the 67-year-old woman in the passenger seat, both Johnsburg residents, were also transported to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 71-year-old woman’s dog and two cats went missing from the home during the incident, police added.

Franz remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.


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