A 72-year-old died after sheriff’s deputies found him unresponsive Wednesday morning when he drove off the roadway and crashed into a tree near Antioch.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Antioch Fire Protection District responded around 10:45 a.m. to the area of Route 83 north of Eagles Nest Road in Antioch Township for a vehicle crash.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a red 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe in a yard of a residence in the 40600 block of North Route 83.
The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 72-year-old Antioch man, was unresponsive, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.
Sheriff’s deputies removed the driver from the vehicle and began lifesaving measures.
Antioch Fire Protection District paramedics arrived and continued to attempt lifesaving measures, Covelli said.
The driver was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was pronounced dead.
A preliminary investigation showed the Chevrolet was traveling southbound on Route 83.
For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway eastbound and struck a tree in the front yard of a residence.
Covelli said it is not known whether a medical condition, alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident.
The identification of the man is being withheld pending notification to his next of kin.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s Technical Crash Investigations Team.