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A Round Lake Heights man was cited after police say he caused a three-vehicle crash and then hit two other cars while panicking and fleeing the scene near Lake Villa.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Villa Fire Protection District responded around 8:44 p.m. Tuesday to Route 59 and Route 132 in unincorporated Lake Villa.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said a 2018 Ram pickup truck was traveling southbound on Route 59 north of Route 132.

The Ram, driven by a 53-year-old Round Lake Heights man, was following a Hyundai too closely and did not realize it was stopping, Covelli said.

The Ram was unable to stop in time and struck the rear of the Hyundai, causing it to strike the rear of a Kia in front of it, Covelli said.

The Ram then veered to the left into the northbound lane and struck a Toyota sedan just north of the intersection.

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Covelli said the Ram then started driving eastbound on Route 132 and went into the oncoming lane where it struck a Toyota pickup traveling westbound on Route 132.

The driver of the Ram fled the scene without calling 911 and drove the truck to his residence.

Officers from Round Lake Heights and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office met with the driver, who said he panicked and drove home.

The man was evaluated and found not to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Two victims from the crash were transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The other drivers refused medical care and were released at the scene.

The driver of the Ram was issued multiple traffic citations, including leaving the scene of an injury accident and failure to notify police of a traffic crash.

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