An 85-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman are both dead after a high-speed crash that left one of them ejected from their rolled-over car in Barrington Thursday afternoon.
The Barrington Police Department, Barrington Fire Department and Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District responded around 10:40 a.m. Thursday to 633 South Hough Street in Barrington.
Barrington Assistant Police Chief John Burke said a Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Hough Street from the Route 59 split.
The driver of the Toyota is believed to have lost control and the car went off the roadway to right before coming back into the roadway.
The Toyota went into oncoming southbound traffic and then drove over a curb and hit a tree, Burke said.
The car rolled over and came to a rest off the roadway on the corner of Hough Street and Sturtz Road.
One of the victims was ejected from the Toyota, according to a witness at the scene. The second victim was trapped inside the car.
Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Burke said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said one of the victims was a 78-year-old woman and the other was an 85-year-old man.
The medical examiner’s office identified the woman as Mary A. Gulbranson, of Barrington.
The male victim was identified as Richard A. Wetterholm, of Wheeling.
Police said Hough Street from the Route 59 split to Monument Avenue was shut down for a crash investigation.
The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) responded to the scene and investigators remained on the scene for several hours.
Burke said the department is awaiting the medical examiner’s report and also awaiting the MCAT report, which could take several weeks.
A search warrant is also pending for data from the car, which was going well over the speed, Burke said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Barrington Police Department and MCAT.