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Woman charged after hit-and-run crash kills motorcyclist, leaves passenger seriously injured in Crystal Lake

Carolyn A. Tyrrell, 53, of Crystal Lake.

A woman has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run crash of a motorcycle that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured Tuesday evening in Crystal Lake.

Carolyn A. Tyrrell, 53, of Crystal Lake, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash, which is a Class 1 felony.

The Crystal Lake Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue responded around 7:37 p.m. Tuesday to Virginia Road and Berkshire Drive for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.

Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Derek Hyrkas said that the motorcycle, driven by a man with a woman as his passenger, was traveling southbound on Virginia Road when a red sedan struck the motorcycle in the intersection at Berkshire Drive.

Both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected onto the roadway. The red sedan fled the scene heading westbound on Berkshire Drive.

A motorcycle rider was killed and another was seriously injured after their motorcycle was struck by a sedan at Virginia Road and Berkshire Drive in Crystal Lake Tuesday evening | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A Marine that was driving by and saw the crash began performing CPR on the male driver before first responders arrived. He was transported to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died, police said.

A Flight For Life medical helicopter was called and transported the woman to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with serious injuries, police said.

“Evidence recovered at the scene resulted in Investigators quickly locating the offending vehicle in the 900 block of Wesley Drive, Crystal Lake,” Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said.

Tyrrell was taken into custody around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday and additional charges are expected to be filed against her, police said.

She remains held in the McHenry County Jail pending a bond hearing.


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