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Driver charged with DUI, passenger flown to hospital following Crystal Lake crash

Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Ambulance
File Photo | Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A driver was charged with driving under the influence after his passenger was flown to the hospital following a single-vehicle crash in Crystal Lake early Monday morning.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department and Crystal Lake Police Department responded around 1:45 a.m. Monday to the intersection of Route 14 and Sands Road for a vehicle crash with injuries.

Officers found a single vehicle that had crashed into a pole, according to Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski.

A preliminary investigation found that the vehicle left the roadway while traveling eastbound on Route 14.

It then struck a traffic control pole on the southeast corner of the intersection. The driver, identified as Jasmine Ortiz, 25, of Palatine, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

An adult passenger in the vehicle also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and both of them were transported by ambulances to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry.

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The passenger was later flown by a LifeNet medical helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for additional treatment.

Ortiz was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class A misdemeanor, Kotlowski said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Police Department.


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