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17-year-old boy dies following rollover crash at Glacial Park Conservation Area in Ringwood

Emergency crews respond to Glacial Park Conservation Area in Ringwood on June 23 for a single-vehicle crash that left 17-year-old Alexander Powell with serious injuries | Photo by Alex Vucha.

A 17-year-old McHenry High School West student died on Saturday following a rollover crash inside the Glacial Park Conservation Area in Ringwood last month.

Alexander R. Powell, 17, of McHenry, was removed from life support on Saturday. The boy was seriously injured after a single-vehicle crash on June 23.

The McHenry County Conservation District Police Department and the Richmond Township Fire Protection District responded around 7:15 p.m. June 23 to Glacial Park Conservation Area in Ringwood for a rollover crash with injuries.

The single-vehicle crash happened on a road near the Powers-Walker House at 6201 Harts Road. Powell was the passenger of a vehicle exiting the park when the driver lost control and went off the road, Conservation District Chief of Police Laura King said.

Emergency crews respond to Glacial Park Conservation Area in Ringwood Sunday evening for a single-vehicle crash with serious injuries | Photo by Alex Vucha.

The vehicle rolled over and ended up on its roof. Powell was flown by a Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with serious injuries.

He was put into a medical induced coma and died on Saturday. The other teen in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital, King said.

Powell was going to be a senior at McHenry West High School and played for the water polo team, according to his online obituary. He had enlisted in the military and was a poolee for the United States Marines.

“He loved snowmobiling, working out and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed playing paintball with the Ghost Crew team. Alex held a Black Belt in Martial Arts for the McHenry Flying Dragons. He achieved the rank of Star with Boy Scout Troop 149,” according to his obituary.

Powell’s organs were donated through the Gift of Hope program.

“Alex gave the gift of life to many by being an organ donor. His family loves him very much and he will be sorely missed,” the obituary added.

A GoFundMe page to help raise money for medical bills and family expenses has raised almost $8,000 so far.

A visitation will be held on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. The visitation will continue on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in McHenry.


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