A man who was in his shower when a car crashed into a Crystal Lake home Wednesday suffered critical injuries and may never walk again, his family said.
The Crystal Lake Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded around 7:03 p.m. Wednesday to the 100 block of South Heather Drive in Crystal Lake.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Rick Neumann said officers received a report of a single vehicle that crashed into a residence, resulting in injuries.
A preliminary investigation revealed an SUV was traveling eastbound on Ballard Road.
The SUV, for unknown reasons, continued through the intersection of Briarwood Road and left the roadway, Neumann said.
The vehicle struck a detached garage and residence.
The adult male driver of the vehicle was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters.
Neumann said the driver was subsequently flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.
An adult male who lives at the involved residence was also trapped and had to be freed from the wreckage.
He was also flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The man’s son told ABC7 Chicago Thursday morning that his father was in the shower when the crash happened.
The man may never be able to walk again and will likely need multiple back surgeries, ABC7 reported.
A neighbor said that the scene was “absolutely horrific.”
A portion of Briarwood Road and Ballard Road was shut down briefly while emergency crews worked at the scene, Neumann said.
The incident remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Police Department Accident Investigation Team.
Anyone who may have information relating to the incident is asked to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620.
Anonymous tips can also be sent to the Crystal Lake Police Department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411.