April 2, 2024

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash

A 23-year-old Marengo man died following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Union Road and East Coral Road in unincorporated Union. 

On Monday April 1, 2024, at 4:57 p.m., members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Union Fire Department, Marengo Fire and Rescue Department, Woodstock Fire Department, Huntley Fire Department, Hampshire Fire Department and Union Police Department responded to a crash involving two vehicles which resulted in the death to one passenger and injury to four others.     

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2000 Toyota Sienna was traveling westbound on East Coral Road. The Toyota failed to yield from a stop sign at the intersection with South Union Road and was struck by a 2008 Toyota 4Runner traveling northbound on South Union Road. This intersection is a two way stop and has no traffic controls for South Union Road.  

The vehicles traveled to the northwest portion of the intersection and entered an open field. The 4Runner rolled onto its side as the vehicles came to final rest. 

A 40-year-old Woodstock woman, driver of the 4Runner, and a 70-year-old Marengo man, driver of the Sienna, were transported to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin with non-life-threatening injuries. A 23-year-old passenger in the Sienna was transported to Northwestern Medicine in Huntley with life-threatening injuries, and a 41-year-old Marengo man, also a passenger in the Sienna, was transported to Northwestern Medicine in Huntley with non-life-threatening injuries. A 23-year-old Marengo man was pronounced dead at the scene.  

A guide wire to a utility pole was damaged in the crash, causing the pole to move and wires to sag low to the ground. ComEd responded to the scene and a short power outage resulted while repairing the damage.  

Airbag deployments were evident, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor of the crash events. 

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroners Office.