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Lake Villa crash: Spring Grove man taken to hospital with ‘life-threatening’ injuries

Driver of pickup appears to also be involved in separate hit-and-run crashes in Ingleside

A 29-year-old Spring Grove man was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with injuries that were life-threatening on Friday evening after police said he crashed his truck in Lake Villa.

Just before the crash in Lake Villa, two people reported that the same pickup – a 2001 Ford F250 – also had crashed into their cars at Route 59 and Wilson Road in Ingleside before fleeing the scene, Sgt. Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

No one was injured during those hit-and-run incidents, Covelli said.

Sheriff’s investigators believe he fled at a high rate of speed, based on witness accounts, Covelli said.

While leaving the scene of the other two crashes, the truck in question tried to pass another vehicle. According to the police account, the driver lost control because of the wet pavement and the truck slid into the traffic light at the intersection of Route 59 and Monaville Road in unincorporated Lake Villa.

When Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash at 5:20 p.m., they found that that the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, had been ejected from his vehicle.

The man was then taken to the hospital.

The crashes all remain under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit, according to a news release.

Investigators will conduct a full traffic crash reconstruction before reviewing the case with the state’s attorney’s office, Covelli said. The sheriff’s office has withheld the name of the injured driver as no traffic citations or criminal charges have yet been made, pending the results of that investigation.