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63-year-old grandmother was run over, dragged by car after suspects had sex in her driveway, family says

Nancy Ezell, 63, of Zion, remains hospitalized in a coma after being struck by a car Saturday in Zion.

The family of a 63-year-old grandmother, who is in a coma, says that she was run over and dragged by a car after its occupants were having sex in her driveway Saturday morning in Zion.

The Zion Police Department and Zion Fire-Rescue Department responded around 9:49 a.m. Saturday to the 2200 block of Elisha Avenue in Zion for a report of a hit-and-run crash.

Nancy Ezell, 63, of Zion, was struck by an older model gray Honda Civic sedan and then dragged before the car fled the scene.

Ezell’s family told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the 63-year-old woman and her adult granddaughter noticed the Honda in her driveway and went outside to investigate. She saw a man and a woman inside the vehicle having sex, her family said.

Ezell confronted the two inside the car and asked them what they were doing. Her granddaughter then went inside the house to call police and Ezell went behind the vehicle to write down the license plate.

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The man inside the car jumped into the driver’s seat and put the vehicle into reverse, backed up and ran the woman over. Ezell was dragged underneath the car and suffered critical injuries.

“That is when the driver floored it in reverse and hit her to prevent her from getting the license plate numbers, dragged her out into the street, put it in drive, went over her again and sped away,” one of Ezell’s family members said.

A woman is transferred from a Zion ambulance to a Flight For Life medical helicopter Saturday morning | Photo: Zion Fire-Rescue Department.

A Flight For Life medical helicopter was called to the scene and Ezell was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Police said that a black male was driving the vehicle and a white female was in the passenger seat. The Honda, which had a Wisconsin license plate and was last seen eastbound in the 1200 block of 21st Street, was later found abandoned.

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“The granddaughter had come back outside just in time to see all of this happen and she is just an absolute WRECK over this,” family told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

“She was very, very close to her grandma, who is known to everyone in our family as Nana because of her loving, grandmotherly nature towards all of the children in this family.”

“They told us that chances of her survival are very, very low,” her family said, adding that CAT scans of her brain show very little activity. The woman, who is not breathing on her own, remains in a coma after losing a large amount of blood and suffering serious physical injuries to her body.

A Facebook Fundraiser has been started by Ezell’s daughter to raise money for the woman’s medical expenses. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000.


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