Waukegan Man, 60, Killed in High-speed Crash That Severed a Utility Pole

Waukegan Man, 60, Killed in High-speed Crash That Severed a Utility Pole

In Waukegan on Saturday morning, a utility pole was severed and left hanging over the ground when a man in his 60s was killed. Around 10:30 on Saturday morning, the Waukegan Fire Department and Waukegan Police Department responded to a significant auto accident near Sheridan Road and Parmalee Place.

Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip of Waukegan said when officers arrived, they discovered a two-vehicle collision. In the 2000 block of Sheridan Road, a 2011 Chrysler 200 was moving south when it strayed into a parallel southbound lane and collided with the side of a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe.

A powered post and subsequently a tree was struck by the Chrysler after it lost control and off the road. The Chrysler’s driver, a Waukegan man in his 60s, was declared dead at the scene, according to Florip. In the Chrysler, he was the only passenger.

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A male in his 60s was the Chevrolet’s driver. Two older women in their 70s rode in the Chevrolet. The three people inside are all from Beach Park. The Chevrolet’s three occupants did not sustain any injuries. The Major Crash Unit (MCU) of the Waukegan Police Department was called and dispatched to the scene.

According to Florip, it is unknown if Chrysler’s driver was restrained by a seatbelt. The people inside the Chevrolet were buckled up, according to investigators. Florip claimed that the speed of the Chrysler “seems to be a crucial role” in the collision.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office is in the process of setting up an autopsy. After the man’s family has been informed, his identity will be made public. The Waukegan Police Department and Lake County Coroner’s Office are still looking into the event.