A 51-year-old Marengo woman was killed and two other people were flown to the hospital in critical condition following a crash near Marengo that was possibly caused by a drugged driver.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Marengo Police Department, Marengo Fire and Rescue Districts, Woodstock Fire Protection District and Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 4:54 p.m. Wednesday to Route 23 and Coral Road in unincorporated Marengo for a vehicle crash.
Marengo Fire and Rescue Districts Communications Specialist Alex Vucha said first responders arrived and found two heavily damaged vehicles with three victims trapped inside the cars.
A preliminary investigation shows that a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling northbound on Route 23. A 2012 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Coral Road.
The two vehicles crashed in the northeast portion of the intersection of Route 23 and Coral Rd, which is equipped with a four-way stoplight, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the Camaro, a 51-year-old Marengo woman, was the only occupant in her vehicle.
She was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley and later flown by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where she died from her injuries.
The driver of the Honda, a 26-year-old Rockford woman, and her passenger, a 34-year-old Elgin man, were both extricated from their vehicle by firefighters, the sheriff’s office said.
The two were flown by medical helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford with life-threatening injuries.
Seatbelts were not worn by any of the occupants in either vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. Drugs are believed to be a contributing factor.
The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigation Unit.