Man dies after SUV strikes curb and goes into retention pond in Wauconda

A 38-year-old man died on July 10, 2024, morning after the car he was driving struck a curb and went into a detention pond near Garland Road and Main Street in Wauconda.

A 38-year-old man died Wednesday morning after driving an SUV into a retention pond at Garland Road and Main Street in Wauconda.

First responders were called to the area about 10:25 a.m. for a report of a vehicle upside down in a retention pond and found a 2010 Ford Edge underwater with a man trapped inside.

Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling north on Main Street, struck the curb at Garland Road and landed upside down in the pond, police said.

Wauconda Fire District personnel extricated the man from the driver’s side of the vehicle within 10 minutes. He was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Divers searched the pond as a precaution but found no other victims, police said.

The situation will be investigated by the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team and Wauconda police. The identity of the man will not be released until after an autopsy Thursday morning, police said.

Several roads in the area temporarily were closed as crews worked to rescue the man.

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