Police say that speed and a car running a red light were factors in a two-vehicle crash that left a man dead and two others seriously injured in Waukegan Sunday morning.
The Waukegan Fire Department and Waukegan Police Department responded around 1:30 a.m. Sunday to Grand Avenue and Green Bay Road for a report of a vehicle crash.
Officers located a serious crash and the Waukegan Police Department’s Traffic Division was called to investigate.
Waukegan Police Department Cmdr. Edgar Navarro said that a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling northbound on Green Bay Road attempting to cross the intersection at Grand Avenue.
A 2011 Jeep Liberty, which was traveling eastbound on Grand Avenue, was also in the intersection and both cars collided with each other.
The driver of the Chevrolet, a man in his 20s from Waukegan, was the only occupant of the Chevrolet.
He was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. It is unknown if he was wearing a seatbelt, Navarro said.
The driver of the Jeep, a woman in her 40s from Waukegan, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. Investigators believe the woman was wearing her seatbelt.
The front seat passenger of the Jeep, a man in his 30s from Waukegan, was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for Tuesday on the deceased man, who was believed to be wearing his seatbelt during the crash.
Speed was the main contributor to the crash and investigators are attempting to determine which vehicle proceeded through the intersection against the stoplight, Navarro said.
Toxicology reports are pending on both drivers, police said, adding that no citations have been issued yet.