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19-year-old woman dies following crash with BMW, dump truck in Wauconda

Police said one person died and another sustained critical injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Route 12 south of Case Road in Wauconda on Friday. | Provided photo.

A 19-year-old woman has died and a 16-year-old girl remains in critical condition on life support following a crash between a BMW and a dump truck in Wauconda on Friday.

The Wauconda Police Department and Wauconda Fire District responded around 1:35 p.m. Friday to the area of Route 12 south of Case Road for a vehicle crash with injuries.

A red BMW 325i and a blue Mack dump truck pulling a trailer with a bulldozer were involved in the crash, according to Wauconda Police Department Public Information Officer Heather Cognac.

A preliminary investigation showed that the Mack dump truck was pulling out from a private drive in the 29000 block of Route 12.

Cognac said that the driver of the BMW, for unknown reasons, crashed into the rear of the Mack truck and trailer at a high rate of speed, witnesses reported to police.

Police said one person died and another sustained critical injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Route 12 south of Case Road in Wauconda on Friday. | Provided photo.

The BMW was driven by a 19-year-old woman and had a 16-year-old girl in the passenger seat. Both occupants were transported by ambulances to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

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Cognac said that both victims were initially in critical condition following the crash. A 69-year-old man driving the Mack truck was uninjured.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper told Lake and McHenry County Scanner on Tuesday that the 19-year-old woman later died at the hospital. Her identity is expected to be released on Wednesday.

Cognac said that the 16-year-old girl, who was in the passenger seat, remains in critical condition on life support.

Northbound Route 12 was completely closed at North Old Rand Road and southbound Route 12 was down to one lane at Case Road on Friday following the crash.

The Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) is assisting the Wauconda Police Department with the investigation, which is ongoing.


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