The coroner’s office has released the identity of a 44-year-old woman who died after a vehicle crossed over into oncoming lanes of traffic and hit the vehicle she was in near Waukegan Thursday morning.
An autopsy showed that Ambrocia Romero, 44, of Waukegan, died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries from a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Newton.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Waukegan Fire Department and Gurnee Fire Department responded around 5:15 a.m. Thursday to the area of Green Bay Road and Johns Manville Avenue in unincorporated Waukegan for a vehicle crash with injuries.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said sheriff’s deputies arrived and located two vehicles with extensive damage.
A preliminary investigation shows a Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by a 43-year-old Streamwood man, was traveling southbound on Green Bay Road in the area of Johns Manville Avenue.
The Ford crossed the double yellow median markings in the center of the road and drove into the northbound lanes of traffic, Covelli said.
The Ford struck a northbound Toyota Camry head-on, driven by a 58-year-old Waukegan woman.
Romero, who was a front-seat passenger in the Toyota, was killed in the crash.
The driver and a third occupant in the Toyota, whose identities are also pending, were transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Ford was also transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Covelli said that alcohol does appear to be a factor in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.