A longtime Mundelein Park District board member has been identified as the driver killed after being trapped in a fiery crash that left several others seriously injured near Mundelein Saturday.
The Wauconda Fire District and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:45 p.m. Saturday to the 29000 block of North Gilmer Road in unincorporated Mundelein for a vehicle crash with injuries and fire.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a 2019 Ford Expedition with major damage that was fully engulfed in flames.
A preliminary investigation shows the Ford was traveling southbound on Gilmer Road from Erhart Road.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said late Tuesday evening the driver of the Ford was positively identified as Kevin Dolan, 66, of Mundelein.
Dolan swerved to the right and then swerved to the left for an unknown reason, Covelli said.
The Ford left the roadway and struck a tree and a fire erupted.
A backseat passenger, a 36-year-old Grayslake man, was ejected from the Ford, Covelli said.
Fire officials said bystanders stopped at the scene and were able to rescue some of the occupants trapped in the engulfed vehicle.
The bystanders were unable to rescue Dolan, who suffered major injuries. Dolan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Banek said Dolan’s cause of death is still pending carbon monoxide and toxicology testing.
Covelli said the ejected passenger suffered major injuries, including burns to his body.
He was initially transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
A medical helicopter flew the man to the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he remains in critical condition.
Two other passengers, a 37-year-old Chicago man and a 36-year-old Chicago man suffered serious injuries after escaping from the car and were transported to local hospitals, Covelli said.
Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz said during a Monday village board meeting that Dolan was a longstanding commissioner on the Mundelein Park and Recreation District board.
Lentz said this year was Dolan’s 24th year of serving on the board. He served previously served as president and was most recently served as commissioner.
The mayor said Dolan was a “very influential part of that board and our community.” The village board held a moment of silence in remembrance of him.
An obituary for Dolan said he leaves behind his wife and four children.
Funeral arrangements are scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Mundelein.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigations Team.