A McHenry man has been charged with driving under the influence after good Samaritans performed CPR on him following a serious rollover crash near Richmond, the sheriff’s office said.
John L. Meyer, 75, of McHenry, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper traffic lane usage.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Wonder Lake Fire Protection, Hebron Fire Protection District, Richmond Fire Protection District and Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded around 4:43 p.m. Wednesday to Tryon Grove Road and Barnard Mill Road for a vehicle crash with injuries.
Deputies found a 2013 Kia Sorento, driven by Meyer, that had been involved in a single-vehicle crash.
The crash occurred on Tryon Grove Road east of Barnard Mill Road and west of Keystone Road near a curve in the roadway.
The Kia, driven by a 75-year-old McHenry man, was traveling westbound in the 7800 block of Tryon Grove Road.
He crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic for unknown reasons, sheriff’s officials said.
The Kia drove into the southern ditch, hit a culvert and rolled over.
The vehicle came to rest on its side on the opposite side of the culvert, sheriff’s officials said.
Good Samaritans stopped and performed CPR on Meyer, who was unconscious and not breathing.
Paramedics arrived and took over lifesaving measures. A LifeNet medical helicopter was requested after Meyer began breathing again.
The helicopter landed at the Richmond Township Fire Protection District station on Route 12.
An ambulance transferred Meyer, who was the sole occupant of his car, to the helicopter.
The helicopter flew the man to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, which is a Level 1 trauma center.
Tryon Grove Road was shut down for several hours while a crash investigation was conducted.
Meyer was issued a notice to appear in court on the charges on January 3.
The investigation is ongoing and by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigation Unit.