A 70-year-old man died of apparent natural causes after he was found unresponsive when his car crashed off the roadway into trees and a fence in Crystal Lake.
The Crystal Lake Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire-Rescue Department responded around 10:29 a.m. on October 28 to St Andrews Lane and Greenbrier Terrace in Crystal Lake for a vehicle crash.
A 911 caller reported passersby stopped and began performing CPR on a person who was not conscious and not breathing, according to a police report obtained by Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Paramedics arrived first and took over lifesaving measures on the victim, identified as Larry Simonsen, 70, of Crystal Lake.
Simonsen was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley where he was pronounced dead, the report said.
Simonsen had been driving a 2023 Honda Accord when he crashed into bushes, a fence and trees.
The report said the car came to a rest off the roadway on the west side of St Andrews Lane south of Greenbrier Terrace.
The airbags of the Honda had deployed but no obvious trauma was observed on Simonsen, the report added.
Simonsen was the sole occupant of the vehicle and no other cars were involved in the crash.
The McHenry County Coroner’s Office ruled Simonsen’s death as a result of natural causes.
An obituary for Simonsen, who was a father of one, said he was a longtime Crystal Lake resident and leaves behind a wife, whom he was married to for 48 years.
Simonsen worked in the automotive collision and restoration industry until his retirement in December 2019.
“Larry was an avid golfer, especially at Oak Grove Golf Course in Harvard. He greatly enjoyed race cars, whether it was driving, watching, or building them. One of Larry’s greatest joys was a good cheese and sausage pizza or a good racetrack hot dog,” his obituary said.