Crime & Courts

Woodstock man charged in connection with train vs. car wreck

No one was injured Saturday after a Metra train crashed into a vehicle that was parked on an active crossing, officials say

A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for a Woodstock man accused of parking a car on a set of train tracks and fleeing the scene before the train struck the empty vehicle.

No one was injured Saturday evening when the man parked a woman’s 2015 Hyundai sedan on an active Metra crossing, left the vehicle and fled the scene, police said.

The woman whose vehicle the man was driving also was able to exit the car before it was struck by the train, court records show. Only the train’s conductor and engineer were on board, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

The crash happened about 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The woman later told police that the man began acting strangely and told her to get out of the car before he stopped it partially on the tracks, Gillis said. The man then pulled the car forward, situating it further on the tracks and got out of the vehicle, Gillis said.

Police later arrested the man at his home in the 1200 block of Thomas Drive. He is charged with criminal damage to property and reckless conduct in connection with the crash.

The man also is charged with two counts of resisting a police officer after police said he ran away from arresting officers and declined to give them his name, according to a separate criminal complaint.

He did not appear to have an attorney as of Tuesday.

He remained at the McHenry County Jail Tuesday evening on a $22,500 bond and is scheduled to make his next court appearance Wednesday morning.

Anyone in need of immediate assistance for a mental health emergency can call The McHenry County Crisis Line at 800-892-8900.

Immediate crisis support and information also is available through the McHELP app via text or voice. The app provides anonymous access to trained, licensed crisis counselors in times of emergency, concern, anxiety or need.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.