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87-year-old man fatally struck by garbage truck in Spring Grove

No citations have been issued in connection with the crash, which remains under investigation

An 87-year-old man was killed Wednesday after a garbage truck hit him while he was walking near the intersection of Michigan and Huron drives in Spring Grove, police said Friday.

The Spring Grove Police Department responded at 7:28 a.m. to a report of a pedestrian who was struck by a garbage truck, according to a news release.

Spring Grove Police Chief Michael Niedzwiecki confirmed Friday that the truck was a Flood Brothers Disposal truck. An attempt to reach the company Wednesday was unsuccessful.

No citations had been issued in connection with the crash as of Friday.

An initial investigation determined that the man was walking in a residential area near the edge of the pavement on Huron Drive when the truck struck him, according to the release.

A LifeNet Emergency Medical Services Air helicopter was requested; however, because of the man’s condition, the Spring Grove Fire Protection District took the man to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Reached by phone Wednesday, the fire district referred questions to the village’s police department. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office also could not be reached to confirm the man’s identity.

The Major Crash Assistance Team and Illinois State Police assisted with the investigation, which remains underway.

Additional information will be released upon the conclusion of the MCAT investigation, Spring Grove police said.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald from 2017 through 2021. 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.