Coroner IDs Woodstock woman killed in fatal multi-vehicle crash north of Marengo

Maria Flores-Hernandez, 25, died in crash involving four vehicles at Route 23 and River Road

A 25-year-old Woodstock woman was identified Monday by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office as the person killed in a multi-vehicle crash last week at the intersection of Route 23 and River Road north of Marengo.

Maria Flores-Hernandez died of blunt force trauma, according to the preliminary findings of an autopsy performed Thursday by the coroner’s office, according to a news release.

The crash, which involved a semi-tractor trailer and three other vehicles, happened about 4:38 p.m. Wednesday, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

A 47-year old Joliet man was driving south on state Route 23 in a Kenworth semi-tractor trailer when he approached the intersection at River Road. A 2008 Pontiac G6, driven by Flores-Hernandez, failed to yield, the sheriff’s office said last week, and pulled out into the intersection, causing the trailer to crash into the Pontiac’s driver’s side.

Alcohol was not believed to be a contributing factor to the crash last week, the sheriff’s office said.

The coroner’s office said it is continuing to work with the sheriff’s office during the investigation. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office investigating is ongoing, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said.

The driver of the Jeep was the only other motorist transported to a hospital, with minor injuries. Others were treated at the scene and released, officials said last week.

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.