A Fremont Township trustee was identified as the woman who died after a scooter crash near Mundelein. Township officials called her death a “tremendous loss.”
Patricia Stejskal, 65, of Mundelein, was taken off life support and declared dead Thursday evening following an accident.
Stejskal was found with critical injuries in the 26200 block of North Route 83 in unincorporated Mundelein around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.
Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that a preliminary investigation showed the woman was operating a 2009 Motofino Scooter.
Stejskal was leaving the parking lot of the manufactured homes when, for an unknown reason, she drove slightly off the pavement.
This caused her to fall off the scooter and strike her head on a railroad tie, which was acting as a barrier between the pavement and grass, Covelli said.
The railroad tie had a spike protruding, which impaled the woman.
Stejskal was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with critical injuries. She was reported to be in grave condition and on life support.
Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said that Stejskal’s family worked with Gift Of Hope, a not-for-profit organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation.
She was taken off life support Friday and an autopsy on the woman was conducted.
Stejskal was a Fremont Township board member and a volunteer for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
“We are heartbroken at the loss of Pat Stejskal, our Trustee and Cert Team Leader. She was so positive and supportive of helping our residents and community,” Fremont Township officials said.
“Her smile was infectious. Her passing is a tremendous loss to us,” the statement added.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.