A Kirkland man has been identified after he was killed in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Illinois Route 64 and First Street Wednesday afternoon.
Patrick J. Brennan, 80, of Kirkland, was driving a 2020 Black Chevrolet Equinox when it collided with a semitrailer truck after the driver of the semitrailer truck disobeyed a stop sign in the four-way intersection. Debris from the collision hit a RAM truck pulling a trailer also, though the driver of that truck did not report any injuries, according to sheriff’s officials.
The Kirkland man was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics, said DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Andy Sullivan Wednesday. Brennan was not wearing a seat belt, according to a Thursday news release.
Police continue to investigate the crash. The driver of the 2014 Kenworth semitrailer truck, Robert D. Fisher, of the 6600 block of Shields Road in Harvard, was cited for disobeying a stop sign, according to sheriff’s officials. Fisher did not report any injuries.
As a result of the crash, Route 64 was closed on both sides from West Motel Road to Glidden Road for several hours Wednesday as crews investigated and cleared the area of debris. As of 6:36 p.m. Wednesday, the road was reopened.
“We got a call about 2:20 p.m. for a three-vehicle accident,” Sullivan said Wednesday.
Paramedics from DeKalb and Sycamore fire departments also responded to the crash, along with the auxiliary volunteer unit from the sheriff’s office to help block the road from motorists while investigators clear the scene and piece together what happened, Sullivan said.
About 2:23 p.m., a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Brennan was headed north on Five Points Road approaching the stop sign at the intersection of Route 64 and First Street, and the semitrailer truck driven by Fisher was traveling west on Route 64 approaching the same intersection, Sullivan said.
Sheriff’s officials said Thursday Fisher disobeyed the stop sign at the intersection, and his truck collided with Brennan’s Equinox.
“They collided in the intersection, and when those two vehicles collided, debris struck a third vehicle,” Sullivan said. The 2020 RAM truck was hauling a trailer, and the driver was identified Thursday as Bilguun Mandshir, of Carpentersville.
There were no passengers in any of the three vehicles, just drivers. The other drivers refused paramedic treatment on the scene and did not report injuries.
A helicopter initially was called to the scene for a medical evacuation, but paramedics pronounced one of the drivers, later identified as Brennan, dead on the scene, Sullivan said, so the helicopter was recalled. Sullivan said the semitrailer had been empty.
The intersection of Route 64 and First Street was the site of a second, unrelated crash shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday, with a driver in a white 2007 Lincoln Towncar also cited for disobeying a stop sign, which resulted in a collision with a blue 2006 Honda Civic. There were no injuries reported in that crash, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Kelsey Rettke is the editor of the Daily Chronicle, part of Shaw Media and DeKalb County's only daily newspaper devoted to local news, crime and courts, government, business, sports and community coverage. Kelsey also covers breaking news for Shaw Media Local News Network.