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Vice president of Walker Bros pancake house died of medical event before Wauconda crash

Michael Gaul died following a single-vehicle crash on Neville Road west of Darrell Road in unincorporated Wauconda Friday morning | Photo: Sam Borcia / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

54-year-old Michael Gaul, who was the senior vice president of Walker Bros pancake house, died of a medical event prior to a rollover crash near Wauconda last week, the coroner’s office said.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper publicly identified the victim as Gaul, 54, of McHenry, following an autopsy performed Tuesday morning. Toxicology results are pending.

The Wauconda Fire District and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 11 a.m. Friday to Neville Road west of Darrell Road in unincorporated Wauconda for a single-vehicle crash with injuries.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that a 2016 Lincoln MKC, driven by Gaul, was traveling westbound on Neville Road when it left the roadway to the south and struck a tree.

After striking the tree, the Lincoln rolled over back into the middle of the roadway, Covelli said. Gaul, who was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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“We have been in close contact with Mr. Gaul’s family and our deepest condolences go out to them during this difficult time. This is truly a tragedy,” Cooper said Tuesday.

For the past 34 years, Gaul was employed at Walker Bros. Original Pancake House, achieving the position of vice president and recently managing the Schaumburg location, according to his obituary.

Gaul leaves behind a wife and four children. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Justen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3700 Charles J. Miller Road in McHenry.

The visitation will resume Friday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral blessing in the funeral home. Interment will be private.

The incident remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Team and Lake County Coroner’s Office.


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