The coroner’s office has identified a 41-year-old McHenry man killed when a vehicle drove into the opposite lanes and struck his van last week in Hebron.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District responded around 2:29 p.m. May 18 to the 11500 block of Vanderkarr Road in unincorporated Hebron for a two-vehicle crash with injuries.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2003 Chevrolet 3500 cargo van that crashed on Vanderkarr Road west of Kemman Road.
McHenry County Sheriff Sgt. Aimee Knop said that an investigation indicated the Jeep, driven by William P. Bishop, 42, of Chicago, was traveling westbound on Vanderkarr Road.
The Jeep failed to stay within its lane of traffic for an unknown reason and continued westbound into the eastbound lane of traffic onto the eastbound shoulder where it struck the front of the eastbound Chevrolet.
The Chevrolet rolled over and the driver, Jason Miller, 41, of McHenry, was pronounced dead at the scene, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office said. The passenger, a 56-year-old McHenry man, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Bishop was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries. Drivers of both vehicles were wearing their seatbelts but the passenger of the Chevrolet was not wearing his, Knop said.
Bishop was cited for improper lane usage and is scheduled to appear in court on July 14.
Airbags deployed in both vehicles and weather was not believed to be a contributing factor of the crash. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. Toxicology reports are pending.