Officials say five teenagers, two of which are Huntley residents, remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a high-speed crash into a tree near Huntley.
The Huntley Fire Protection District and Kane County Sheriff’s Office responded around 2:50 a.m. Saturday to 44W911 Dietrich Road in Hampshire Township, an area between Huntley and Hampshire.
It was reported that a single-vehicle crash occurred with serious injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.
An investigation showed a 2019 Honda HR-V was traveling eastbound on Dietrich Road at a high rate of speed.
For unknown reasons, the Honda left the roadway and struck a tree on the north side of the roadway.
The vehicle was occupied by five juveniles, the sheriff’s office said.
The driver of the Honda, a 16-year-old Arlington Heights girl, was flown by a LifeNet helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
A 15-year-old from Arlington Heights, who was in the front passenger seat, was initially transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley and then flown to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
A 15-year-old Huntley girl, who was in the rear passenger seat, was initially transported to Sherman Hospital and then transferred to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
A 16-year-old Huntley girl, who was in the rear passenger seat, was initially transported to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and then transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
A 15-year-old Elk Grove Village girl, who was in the rear passenger seat, was initially transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley and then transferred to Comers Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
All five of the juveniles, whose names are being withheld, suffered life-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
The 16-year-old driver is in critical condition. All five teenagers remain hospitalized, the sheriff’s office said in an update Sunday afternoon.
Kane County sheriff’s detectives and social workers have been in contact with the families and are notifying the schools the students attend in case others find themselves in need of additional support.
Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Kane County Drone Team are continuing the investigation into the crash.
The Hampshire Police Department, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department, Hampshire Fire Protection District and Kane County Office of Emergency Management assisted the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Huntley Fire Protection District at the scene.
It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident, the sheriff’s office said. No citations have been issued.