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9 years in prison for drunk driver who killed motorcyclist in Crystal Lake, fled the scene

Carolyn A. Tyrrell, 54, of Crystal Lake, was charged in connection with the fatal hit-and-run that killed a man and seriously injured a woman in Crystal Lake on September 10, 2019. | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A Crystal Lake woman was sentenced to nine years in prison for driving drunk in 2019 in Crystal Lake and hitting a motorcycle, killing a man and seriously injuring his wife, before fleeing the scene.

Carolyn A. Tyrrell, 54, of the 900 block of Wesley Drive in Crystal Lake, was indicted on one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

Tyrrell entered a blind plea agreement in March and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence causing an accident involving death, a Class 2 felony.

As a result, prosecutors dismissed her five other charges, including two that are more serious Class 1 felony charges.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt revoked Tyrrell’s bond in March and ordered her held in the McHenry County Jail to await sentencing.

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During a sentencing hearing Thursday, Wilbrandt sentenced Tyrrell to nine years in prison. She will also be required to pay $3,546 in court costs.

George Klinger, 53, of Algonquin, was traveling on his motorcycle southbound on Virginia Road near Berkshire Drive in Crystal Lake around 7:35 p.m. September 10, 2019.

A red sedan, driven by Tyrrell, struck the motorcycle in the intersection. Klinger and his wife, who was riding as a passenger, were both ejected from the motorcycle onto the roadway.

The red sedan driven by Tyrrell fled the scene heading westbound on Berkshire Drive, police said.

A U.S. Marine that was driving by and saw the crash began performing CPR on Klinger before paramedics arrived.

He was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died, police said at the time.

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A Flight For Life medical helicopter was called and transported Klinger’s wife to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with serious injuries.

Police investigators located the red sedan’s bumper nearby the crash scene and found the vehicle parked at Tyrrell’s residence in the 900 block of Wesley Drive in Crystal Lake a short time later.

Tyrrell, who faced up to 14 years in prison, remains held in the McHenry County Jail awaiting transport to a state prison.

She will be required to serve 85% of her nine-year sentence.