A man in his 20s died after a high-speed crash that left his car wrapped around an electrical pole in Waukegan. It took firefighters nearly an hour to free the victim from the heavy wreckage.
The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 9 p.m. Saturday to the 1900 block of Dugdale Road for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.
Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip said officers arrived and found a serious crash involving a black Dodge Charger and a black 2012 Honda Accord.
An investigation shows the Dodge was traveling westbound on Dugdale Road at a high rate of speed when it lost control and struck the eastbound Honda, Florip said.
The Dodge then continued until it struck an electrical utility pole a short distance away. Officers found live electrical lines down on the ground in contact with the Dodge.
It took firefighters approximately one hour to extricate the trapped driver and passenger from the Dodge. A medical helicopter was called to the incident but not used.
Paramedics transported the driver of the Dodge, a Waukegan man in his 20s, to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan where he was pronounced dead.
Paramedics also transported the front seat passenger of the Dodge, a Racine, Wisconsin man in his 20s, to a local hospital with moderate injuries. He is expected to survive.
The driver of the Honda, described as a Waukegan man in his 20s, was released at the scene with no injuries.
It is unknown if either occupant of the Dodge was wearing a seatbelt, Florip said. The driver of the Honda, who was the only occupant in his vehicle, was wearing a seatbelt.
The Waukegan Police Department Major Crash Unit was called to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Investigators believe speed was a “major factor” in the crash, Florip said. No citations have been issued and the incident remains open and active.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy on the driver of the Dodge and will release his identity after it has been completed.