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Authorities identify 21-year-old man killed after crashing into box truck in Wauconda

Benjamin Plasky, 21, of McHenry, was killed following a crash involving his car and a truck on Route 12 south of Route 176 in Wauconda Friday morning. | Provided photo.

Authorities have identified a young McHenry man who was killed after he drove into the wrong lanes of Route 12 in Wauconda and crashed head-on into a truck last week.

An autopsy showed that Benjamin Plasky, 21, of McHenry, died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper. Toxicology results are pending.

The Wauconda Fire District and Wauconda Police Department responded around 2:56 a.m. September 18 to Route 12 near Route 59 for a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

Officers found a white Mitsubishi Eclipse and a green International delivery truck that had crashed into each other.

A preliminary investigation showed that the International delivery truck was traveling northbound on Route 12 and the Mitsubishi was traveling southbound on Route 12.

Wauconda Police Department Public Information Officer Heather Cognac said the Mitsubishi, driven by Plasky, crossed the center median for an unknown reason and collided into the delivery truck head-on in the northbound lanes.

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Plasky was pronounced dead on the scene, Cognac said. A 62-year-old man driving the delivery truck was uninjured.

“Benjamin loved hanging with friends and family playing video games and working on his cars,” his obituary read.

Plasky leaves behind his mother and father, three brothers, girlfriend and other relatives, according to his obituary.

The Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT), Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Zurich Police Department, Island Lake Police Department and Mundelein Police Department assisted the Wauconda Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing and will be handled by the Wauconda Police Department and Major Crash Assistance Team.


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