An investigation continues into a fatal crash in Huntley. This information is from the Huntley Police Department and a lot of questions remain as to what occurred Friday morning.
The Huntley Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 47 and Jim Dahmer Drive at 4:49 am. The vehicle was occupied by one male occupant, who was found to be deceased. Preliminary information indicates the 2002 Honda CR-V was westbound on Freeman Road. The vehicle struck a light standard, causing the vehicle to lose control and roll, coming to a rest in the southbound Route 47 lanes.
The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team was called in to assist with the investigation.
Upon investigating the crash, it was determined that a previous crash that had occurred on Freeman Road east of Route 47 was related. At 4:37 am, Huntley Police responded to the area of Freeman Road and Factory Shops Boulevard, where a 2003 Saturn was found to have travelled westbound on Freeman Road struck a traffic control signal and continued off the roadway and across a frozen pond. Upon Officers arrival, the vehicle was found unoccupied, with heavy front end damage. A Kane County Sheriff’s Police K-9 assisted in tracking, in hopes of locating a driver that had fled the scene. It was later learned that the 2003 Saturn from Freeman Road and the 2002 Honda CR-V were registered to the same residence.
Investigators found the registered owners accounted for, but both vehicles’ keys were missing. Another family member was believed to have taken the keys. The residence is approximately 2 miles from the first crash scene.
The deceased male located in the Honda CR-V, on Route 47, was in possession of the keys for both vehicles. A positive identification of the deceased male is pending.
Both crashes were high speed impact collisions and investigators are considering the possibility of intentional acts.
The roadway was re-opened to vehicle traffic at 9:14 am.
The McHenry County Chiefs of Police Association honored three police officers during the annual “Officer of the Year” banquet that was held on Saturday, January 16th, 2016.
There were three area officers being considered for this year’s award. The nominees were: Officer Krzysztof Krol (Crystal Lake Police Department); Detective Verle Leard (Harvard Police Department); and Officer Jeremy Mortimer (Woodstock Police Department).
Officer Krzysztof Krol was named as this year’s “Officer of the Year.” The nomination stems from his courageous actions during a police response to a domestic incident in June, 2015. Officer Krol was recognized for taking immediate and decisive action in an encounter with a subject armed with a knife who posed a threat to the safety and well-being of those in the immediate area. Officer Krol’s ability to stop the threat and then render first-aid to the suspect was a testament to his abilities and professionalism.
The three officers who were nominated for this year’s award are law enforcement officers who are dedicated to their profession and to the communities they serve. Their actions in 2015 that led to their nominations were only a few of the highlighted acts that most first responders are willing and able to do on a daily basis for the great citizens of this county.