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Three-Car Crash Kills 1, Injures 3 in Crystal Lake

Two cars collided head-on and a third vehicle crashed into them, killing one driver and injuring the occupants of the other cars. The crash took place early Monday evening at Pyott and Rakow roads.

One person was killed and three other people were hospitalized following a three-car crash on Pyott Road south of Rakow Road at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 28, according to police.

Two cars collided head-on before a third vehicle crashed into them, police said. The driver of one vehicle became entrapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated by Crystal Lake Fire Rescue personnel, police said, while the driver of another vehicle died of injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead by the McHenry County Coroner's Office. 

Authorities are not releasing the names of individuals involved in the crash while they notify their families, according to police.

Based on their initial investigation, police believe a four-door Toyota was traveling south on Pyott Road from Rakow Road when it crossed into the northbound lane and crashed head-on into a four-door Honda. The third car, a Chevrolet Tahoe, was also going south on Pyott Road before it was struck by the Honda, police said. 

The driver of the Honda was the victim who died at the scene, according to police. The Toyota's driver was transported to Centegra-Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, with life-threatening injuries, while the driver and passenger in the Tahoe were transported to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with injuries police believe were not life-threatening.

Police closed down Pyott Road after the crash and emergency crews remained on scene several hours later. They were expected to reopen the roadway at 9:30 p.m., according to police.

The Crystal Lake Police Department and McHenry County Coroner's Office are still investigating the incident. No charges had been filed as of Monday night, according to police.
Anthony P. April 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Regardless of this article, everyone needs to slow down, pay attention and get off the phone! I'm baffled by all the people speeding through the construction site on Algonquin by the Post Office and the COPS are doing NOTHING about it. Pathetic! I saw a cop sit there for the day a few weeks back, that's it!!! I go through there two sometimes four times a day being tailgated and passed.
Brad Schumacher April 29, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Anthony, I strongly agree with your remarks regarding motorists avoiding the use of hand held electronic devices, or engaging in anything else of a distracting nature while they are driving. Although this article does not release the cause of the accident, it is still a sad situation for all parties involved. However, I would like to refute your remark about the activities of the police department, due to your immense ignorance. I would like to inform you that local police departments are minimally staffed, and usually only have one officer covering a large portion of town. Being that traffic is only a part of an officer's daily responsibilities, I encourage you to not be so blind to the fact that these officer's answer several calls for service on a daily basis. It is selfish of you to believe that an officer should be present during the time of your passing on that roadway, when hypothetically speaking, the officer may be busy on a high priority call such as an accident with injuries, or one of the other infinite types that their are. I appreciate your concern for the individuals involved in last nights accident, but please take your comments of ignorance elsewhere.
Anthony P. May 02, 2014 at 09:13 AM
First off, I want to say that my prayers go out to the family of the loved one who's life was tragically taken. My 'selfish' voice is only of that of 'concern', not 'ignorance' as Mr. Schumacher thinks. It is here to voice concern about the GROWING problem of speeders and reckless drivers in this area and it's being used to PREVENT more loss of life. My ignorance is not as immense as you think, nor is my selfishness. Yes staffing is down, it's been plastered all over the place if you've been breathing in the last decade. Being 'selfish' to prevent more loss of life is not such a bad think now, is it? Pardon me, but Mr. Schumacher must be the expert on municipal staffing to go out and call someone selfish and ignorant and say that people's freedom of speech isn't welcome. He must not like the 1st amendment. I mean, most citizens (local tax payers) are aware of the decrease in staffing in municipal departments. With all the deaths and campaigns to stop speeders in construction zones, how dare you preclude a citizens voice of concern?
Anthony P. May 02, 2014 at 09:16 AM
OH AND FYI! As soon as I posted this, I actually was shocked to find people hitting their breaks in the construction zone by the post office Tuesday morning on my way to work. Imagine that! I actually saw a police officer patrolling by the post office! I'm sure all the folks working in that area were happy to not see people zooming through there for once. So Mr. Schumacher, LOOK AT WHAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOES! I'm not that ignorant to think that a local politician, or municipal worker doesn't read these posts. But, then again maybe it was a coincidence? Who knows!

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