A fundraiser is being held on Sunday at Norge Ski Club to raise money for a 64-year-old man who suffered critical injuries when a car crashed into his Crystal Lake home in July.
The crash happened around 7:03 p.m. on July 27 in the 100 block of South Heather Drive in Crystal Lake.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Rick Neumann said at the time that 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.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski identified the driver as Connor C. Kirkpatrick, 27, of Crystal Lake.
Neumann said Kirkpatrick was subsequently flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.
Angelo Pleotis, 64, who lives at the involved residence, was also trapped and had to be freed from the wreckage.
Pleotis was in the shower when the vehicle hit his house. He was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center.
Pleotis suffered collapsed lungs, broken ribs, head trauma, lacerations and two spinal fracture dislocations, which caused paralysis.
“I want to help give back to one of the kindest, most gentle hearted people I’ve ever met. Angelo was just months away from retirement where he was planning many outdoor adventures and travel. He was very active in my daughter’s (his granddaughters activities and life),” the man’s daughter-in-law, Alyssa Pleotis, said.
“He didn’t deserve any of this. He has had his entire life flipped upside down in the one place he should feel the safest – his own home,” she said.
A neighbor said that the scene was “absolutely horrific.” A GoFundMe raised almost $100,000 for Pleotis.
Neumann said in August that the police department had reviewed the case with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
An arrest warrant was issued for Kirkpatrick for aggravated reckless driving and reckless conduct, both Class 4 felonies, along with criminal damage to property over $100,000, a Class 2 felony.
Pleotis was transferred out of the hospital to a rehab center but recently was transferred back to the hospital, his daughter said.
The Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove is hosting a fundraiser event beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The club is charging a $20 entrance fee for the event, which includes food, live music and activities.
All proceeds will go to Pleotis to help with his recovery.