The mayor of McHenry announced that Mike Linderman, the owner of a plumbing business in McHenry, was the man killed in a three-vehicle crash in Wauconda Township on Wednesday.
An autopsy showed Michael Linderman, 59, of McHenry, died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries in a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Wauconda Fire District responded around 8:05 a.m. Wednesday to the intersection of Route 60 and Wilson Road in Wauconda Township near Grayslake.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found three vehicles involved in the crash, including a dump truck, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.
A preliminary investigation shows a 2018 Chevrolet Trax was traveling southbound on Wilson Road approaching Route 60.
According to witnesses, the driver of the Chevrolet, a 24-year-old Ingleside man, did not stop at the stop sign, Covelli said.
The Chevrolet pulled into the path of a westbound Peterbilt semi-truck pulling a trailer, driven by a 50-year-old Berwyn man.
The Peterbilt struck the Chevrolet and then struck an eastbound Ram ProMaster van, driven by Linderman.
Linderman was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Ram, a 31-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin man, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Peterbilt was also transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett said on social media that Linderman “has done so much for McHenry and surrounding communities.”
“I will definitely miss our arguments that always made us challenge each other in so many ways. Thank you for our friendship and we will all be there for your wife Michelle Swerlyk Linderman and kids. RIP Buddy!” Jett said.
Linderman owned All Pro Plumbing in McHenry.
A GoFundMe account was started for Linderman’s family by Dawn Bremer, who is a family friend. The fundraiser has already raised $1,900 with a goal of $20,000 to cover funeral costs and other expenses.
Westbound and eastbound lanes of Route 60 were closed for the investigation for at least five hours on Wednesday, Covelli said.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.