Gary L. Hollis, 30, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, (inset) was taken into custody last week in connection with a carjacking and subsequent crash north of Route 60 and Route 120 in Volo on March 4, 2022. | Photo Submitted to Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A Wisconsin man has been charged in the carjacking of a woman near Mundelein last year where he later crashed the stolen car in Volo, leaving himself critically injured.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 1 a.m. on March 4, 2022, for a report of a street sign that had been knocked down into the roadway at Route 60 and Route 120 in Volo.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a deputy responded and located an entire traffic light pole on the ground.

The deputy found a Chrysler PT Cruiser approximately 1,000 feet off the roadway north of the intersection. The Chrysler had major damage and was unoccupied.

The deputy checked the area and found the driver, Gary L. Hollis, 30, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on the ground and unconscious.

Shortly after deputies arrived at the crash scene, a 48-year-old Round Lake Beach woman reported she had been carjacked in the area of Route 60 and Erhart Road in unincorporated Mundelein.

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A further investigation revealed the 48-year-old woman had pulled over to assist who she thought was a stranded motorist.

When she pulled over, Hollis forcefully pulled her out of her Chrysler PT Cruiser and fled in her car, Covelli said.

The Chrysler totaled in the Volo crash was determined to be the victim’s vehicle.

The unconscious ejected driver matched the description of the man who carjacked the victim.

A crash investigation revealed the suspect driving the stolen Chrysler was traveling northwest on Route 60 at a high rate of speed.

As Hollis approached Route 120, he failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway and lost control, Covelli said.

The Chrysler struck the traffic standard and rolled over several times, leaving the driver ejected.

Hollis was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in “extremely critical condition,” Covelli said.

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A warrant charging Hollis with vehicular hijacking was obtained in April 2022.

Hollis had been receiving rehabilitation for an extended period of time following the crash.

Hollis surrendered on the warrant on Thursday. He remains held on a $250,000 bond.