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16-year-old girl, 19-year-old woman both die following Route 12 crash in Wauconda

Aria Albertelli, 19, of Barrington, died in a vehicle crash Friday on Route 12 in Wauconda, authorities said. | Provided photo.

Two Barrington teens, a 16-year-old girl and 19-year-old woman, are both dead following a crash between a dump truck and BMW in Wauconda last week, the coroner said.

An autopsy showed that Aria N. Albertelli, 19, of Barrington, died of injuries due to blunt force trauma from a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

A 16-year-old girl from Barrington also died of injuries due to blunt force trauma from the vehicle crash, Cooper said. Toxicology results are pending on both.

The incident happened around 1:35 p.m. Friday near Route 12 south of Case Road.

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 BMW, driven by Albertelli, crashed into the rear of the Mack truck and trailer at a high rate of speed, witnesses reported to police.

Police said two people died in a two-vehicle crash on Route 12 south of Case Road in Wauconda on Friday. | Provided photo.

The 16-year-old Barrington girl, whose identity has not been released yet, was in the passenger seat. Both occupants were transported by ambulances to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

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Albertelli died around 11 p.m. Friday and the 16-year-old girl died on Monday morning, Cooper said. A 69-year-old man driving the Mack truck was uninjured in the crash.

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.

“Aria Nima Albertelli, a free spirit who rode through life on her own terms and was tragically taken away from us on September 25, 2020 in Libertyville. We see her enjoying a beautiful Chicago autumn day with her friend, driving the car she loved.  Imagine the windows down, the music on with smiles that only two teenagers can share,” her obituary said.

“Coming to this world just two days before her father’s birthday, she was the flame that blew eternal in her parents’ eyes and will forever remain a song in their hearts,” the obituary added.

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


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