A carjacking suspect suffered critical injuries when he was ejected from a stolen vehicle after a high-speed crash near Volo early Friday.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the suspect, a 20-year-old man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was speeding northwest on Route 60 when he failed to navigate a curve in the road near the Route 120 intersection and crashed into a traffic light.
The vehicle rolled several times, ejecting the driver, authorities said.
Deputies were called to the scene about 1 a.m. for a report of a downed traffic light.
The first officers at the scene eventually found the unoccupied vehicle, a Chrysler PT Cruiser, about 1,000 feet from the downed light standard. The driver was found shortly thereafter unconscious on the ground, authorities said.
Chris Covelli, deputy chief at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said the man was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in “extremely critical condition.”
While sheriff’s deputies were investigating the crash, they were informed that a 48-year-old Round Lake Beach woman reported she had just been carjacked near the intersection of Route 60 and Erhart Road near Mundelein.
The woman told deputies she pulled over to help whom she thought was a stranded motorist. But she said when she pulled over, a man “forcefully pulled her out of her vehicle and fled,” Covelli said. The woman was driving a PT Cruiser.
Investigators were able to determine the woman’s vehicle was the one crashed near Volo, and the suspect description matched the man found unconscious at the scene, authorities said.
The intersection at Routes 120 and 60 was closed for almost five hours.
The crash remains under investigation.
No charges had been filed in connection with the carjacking as of Friday morning.