1 dead, 2 injured in I-88 rollover crash near DeKalb County

Crash kills St. Charles woman, a passenger, according to Illinois State Police

Traffic on I-88 looking east from Peace Road in DeKalb drives into the haze from the Canadian wildfires Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in Cortland Township. Smoke from the fires in Canada has moved south into Illinois causing poor air quality that may be unhealthy especially to those with sensitive respiratory systems.

DeKALB – A St. Charles woman died and two others were injured this week after a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 88 near DeKalb County, authorities said.

Rekha Patel, 52, of St. Charles – a passenger in a white 2024 Toyota Venza – died from her injuries, according to an Illinois State Police public information officer Wednesday.

Illinois State Police said the crash happened about 7:20 p.m. along eastbound I-88 near Peace Road.

Illinois State Police troopers responded to the scene, where they found the driver and two passengers of the Toyota before paramedics took them to an area hospital with injuries. Authorities said Patel was later pronounced dead.

Authorities said preliminary information about the crash indicates that the vehicle went off the road into the grass and rolled over.

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