A man has been sentenced to 18 months of periodic imprisonment after being convicted of driving drunk and causing a five-vehicle crash that killed a 72-year-old man in Fox Lake.
John M. Buckley, 60, of Plainfield, was charged in August 2021 with three counts of reckless homicide by motor vehicle and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Fox Lake Police Department and Fox Lake Fire Protection District responded around 6 p.m. on June 5, 2021, to Route 12 and Big Hollow Road in Fox Lake for a report of a multiple-vehicle crash with injuries.
Fox Lake Police Chief Dawn Deservi said at the time that the crash involved five vehicles, which included a silver 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUV, a silver 2017 GMC Acadia, a red Dodge Caravan, a black Toyota Solara and a brown Chevrolet pickup.
An investigation showed that the silver Infiniti, driven by Buckley, was traveling southbound on Route 12 and attempted to complete a right turn onto westbound Big Hollow Road, Deservi said.
Deservi said the Infiniti crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic on Big Hollow Road and struck the vehicles that were facing eastbound stopped for the red traffic light at Route 12.
Multiple witnesses reported Buckley was driving recklessly southbound on Route 12 just before the collision.
The driver of the GMC, identified as Stephen Kamen, 72, of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake, Wisconsin, died at the scene.
An autopsy showed Kamen died from multiple blunt force injuries from a crash, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
Kamen’s wife, who was a passenger, was transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County responded to the scene and conducted an investigation.
Through a search warrant, a sample of Buckley’s blood was taken and analyzed for alcohol content.
The analysis revealed his blood alcohol concentration was 0.117 over five hours after the crash.
Buckley has been out on a $500,000 bond since his arrest.
Court records show he was recently convicted of one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol causing death, a Class 2 felony.
A judge sentenced him to 120 days in the Lake County Jail, 18 months of periodic imprisonment, 200 hours of public service and 48 months of probation, according to court documents.
He was also ordered to pay court fines and fees.
As part of Buckley’s probation, he was ordered to not consume cannabis or alcohol and not possess any dangerous weapons.