A 23-year-old Waukegan man died after his vehicle drove off the road and struck a tree in Zion early Thursday morning.
The Zion Police Department and Zion Fire Rescue Department responded around 1:11 a.m. Thursday to 23rd Street and Lewis Avenue for a vehicle crash with injuries.
The Zion Police Department said that a Ford sedan was traveling northbound on Lewis Avenue when it crossed over the southbound lanes for an unknown reason and left the roadway.
Police said that the vehicle went into the ditch and came to a rest after striking a tree. The driver and sole occupant, a 23-year-old Waukegan man, was trapped in his vehicle.
A medical helicopter was initially asked to respond but was later called off. Firefighters extricated the man from his car and paramedics transported him by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
The man was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification to his family.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded and an autopsy was conducted Thursday, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.
The crash remains under investigation by the Zion Police Department and Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT).