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7-year-old child dies following two-vehicle crash in Woodstock

A two-vehicle crash at Route 14 and Washington Street in Woodstock left several people injured Thursday afternoon. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

A 7-year-old boy has died and a woman has been cited with causing the two-vehicle crash in Woodstock on Thursday, police said.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and Woodstock Police Department responded around 3:53 p.m. Thursday to Route 14 and Route 120 for a report of a vehicle crash.

A Dodge Caravan and a truck pulling a trailer were involved in the crash. A bystander began CPR on one of the victims before emergency crews arrived.

Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said on Tuesday that a preliminary investigation showed the truck was traveling northwest on Route 14.

The Dodge was in the left turn lane on Route 120 at Route 14. The driver of the Dodge attempted to turn right from the left turn lane when it collided with the truck.

Woodstock Fire/Rescue Captain Scott Neiman said that one driver was trapped and firefighters extricated them from their vehicle.

Five ambulances and two medical helicopters responded to the scene, Neiman said, adding that seven people were involved between the two vehicles.

Lieb said that the driver of the Dodge, identified as Maria Diaz-Nunez of Rockford, and a 7-year-old boy in the third row of the vehicle were both flown to the hospital by medical helicopters.

A two-vehicle crash at Route 14 and Washington Street in Woodstock left several people injured Thursday afternoon. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

The boy was flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge while the woman was flown to Javon Bea Hospital — Riverside in Rockford.

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An 18-year-old man in the front passenger seat of the Dodge was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Woodstock. An adult female who was also a passenger in the Dodge was transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley.

The truck’s three occupants were not seriously injured and declined medical treatment.

Lieb said that on Saturday the police department was notified that the 7-year-old boy had died from his injuries. His organs were being donated through the Gift of Hope organization.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy on the child.

The driver of the Dodge, who sustained a cracked vertebra and broken ribs, was cited for driving on an expired license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to yield at a stop intersection, improper or prohibited turn at an intersection, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, disobeying control devices for designated lanes and failure to secure a child in an appropriate child restraint.

The crash remains under investigation by the Woodstock Police Department and Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT).


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