In Waukegan, Illinois, on Saturday morning, a high-speed collision that severed a utility pole and left it dangling above the ground also claimed the life of a man who was in his 60.
At about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Waukegan Fire Department and the Waukegan Police Department rushed to the vicinity of Sheridan Road and Parmalee Place after receiving reports of a significant collision involving a vehicle there.
Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip stated that when officers arrived, they discovered a collision involving two vehicles.
In the 2000 block of Sheridan Road, a Chrysler 200 from 2011 swerved into a parallel southbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe from 2016. Both vehicles were heading in the same direction when the collision occurred.
The driver of the Chrysler lost control of the vehicle, which caused it to leave the roadway and crash into a utility pole and then a tree.
According to Florip, the man who was driving the Chrysler was a Waukegan resident and was in his 60s. He was pronounced deceased at the site of the accident. He was the only person inside the Chrysler at the time.
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The man who was at the wheel of the Chevrolet was in his sixties. Two elderly women were riding in the Chevrolet with two passengers. Both of the women were in their 70s. The three people living there are all from Beach Park.
The three people who were riding in the Chevrolet did not sustain any injuries in the collision.
The Major Crash Unit (MCU) of the Waukegan Police Department was dispatched to the accident site once it was activated.
According to Florip, it is not known if the driver of the Chrysler was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The investigation has led investigators to think that the people inside the Chevrolet were using their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
According to Florip, the speed of the Chrysler seems to be a “significant role” in the collision that occurred.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office is currently in the process of making arrangements for an autopsy to be performed. After the man’s family has been informed, the identity of the individual will be made public.
The Waukegan Police Department and the Lake County Coroner’s Office are continuing their investigation into the incident at this time.
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