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Charges pending after 1 killed, 1 injured in high-speed crash in Mundelein

A two-vehicle crash left a man dead and another man injured Wednesday morning near Route 45 and Route 60 in Mundelein | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A 56-year-old man was killed and another man was injured after a high-speed crash that left a sedan crumpled on Route 45 in Mundelein on New Year’s Day, police said.

The Mundelein Fire Department and Mundelein Police Department responded around 10:10 a.m. Wednesday to Route 45 north of Route 60 for a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

A northbound Lincoln MXZ sedan was attempting to turn left into the Burger King parking lot when it was t-boned by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, which was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Route 45, police said.

The pickup truck was reportedly being chased by police, a witness and another source told Lake and McHenry County Scanner. Officers reportedly terminated the pursuit prior to the crash occurring, the source said.

The driver of the Lincoln sedan, a 56-year-old Buffalo Grove man, was heavily trapped in the car and pronounced dead at the scene, Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said.

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The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and charges are pending against him, police said.

The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) responded to the scene to assist with the crash reconstruction and investigation.

Authorities shut down Route 45 in both directions for over five hours. An autopsy on the 56-year-old man has been scheduled by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mundelein Police Department, Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team and Lake County Coroner’s Office.


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