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Cary man held on $1 million bond after turning himself in on warrant for crash that killed 16-year-old McHenry teen

Caleb R. Rohrbach, 18, of Cary.

An 18-year-old Cary man has turned himself in Tuesday on an arrest warrant in connection with the crash that killed a 16-year-old McHenry girl and injured three other teens in Wauconda in March, prosecutors said.

Caleb R. Rohrbach, 18, of the 300 block of Wooded Knoll Drive in Cary, was charged with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence of cannabis, three counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated reckless driving, court records show.

Danielle E. Thomas, 16, of McHenry, was killed March 15 after Rohrbach’s car drove into the wrong lanes of traffic, striking her vehicle head-on near Route 12 and Case Road, prosecutors said.

Rohrbach appeared in bond court Tuesday afternoon and was ordered held on a $1 million bond by Lake County Associate Judge Paul Novak.

Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney Lisa LeBoeuf said that Rohrbach’s vehicle was traveling over 70 mph and crossed a grassy median into oncoming traffic when he struck Danielle’s vehicle.

If Rohrbach is able to post bail, he will have to wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) device and be under a 24-hour curfew except when attending treatment or meeting with his attorney.

He was also ordered to refrain from consuming any drugs or alcohol, not possess any weapons and be subject to random drug testing should he be able to post bail.

Wauconda Police spokeswoman Heather Cognac said that a black Hyundai Elantra, driven by Rohrbach, was traveling southbound on Route 12 when his vehicle crossed the center median and entered the northbound lanes of Route 12 around 10:15 p.m. March 15.

A gray Ford Focus, driven by Danielle, was traveling northbound on Route 12 when it was struck.

A two-vehicle head-on crash on Route 12 in Wauconda left a 16-year-old girl dead and four other teens injured on March 15 | Photo provided to Lake and McHenry County Scanner by the Wauconda Police Department.

Danielle was extricated from her car and transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington where she was pronounced dead, Cognac said. Rohrbach was also extricated from his car and transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

Two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old girl, who are McHenry residents, were passengers in the Ford. One of the 14-year-old passengers and the 15-year-old passenger were transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington with major injuries.

The other 14-year-old passenger was transported to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with minor injuries.

“Please take a few minutes to pray for all who was involved in the horrible crash. There has been so many people telling me that Danielle would light up a room with her smile, laughs and energy. You will be missed by so many,” McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett said after the crash.

A GoFundMe account started for Danielle’s family in March was able to raise more than $25,000.

An arrest warrant was issued for Rohrbach on August 28 by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office following months of investigation, police said. He remains held in the Lake County Jail as of Tuesday evening.

Rohrbach is scheduled to appear in court again on September 9.


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