McHenry UTV crash sends two to hospital

Driver of the utility terrain vehicle was issued multiple citations, including careless operation of an all-terrain vehicle

A utility terrain vehicle crash Friday sent two to the hospital, McHenry police said Monday.

The McHenry Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded about 4:30 p.m. Friday to the 4500 block of Lakewood Road after receiving a call about a single-vehicle crash involving a UTV, police said.

After arriving on scene, police found the driver of a UTV had lost control and flipped the vehicle, which had five occupants. Two of the passengers were hospitalized.

One was taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, and the other was initially taken to the same hospital but later flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the UTV, Raul Rivera, 47, of Chicago, declined treatment. He was cited for careless operation of an all-terrain vehicle, operating a non-highway vehicle without proper equipment and operating a non-highway vehicle on a city street without registration.

McHenry police were assisted by units from McHenry County Regional Crash Assistance Team, which consists of officers from various area police departments.

The crash still is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the McHenry Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 815-363-2599.