Drag Racing Accident In Gurnee Leads To Death Of Girl

There was a car accident Monday night (June 24, 2013) in Gurnee, Illinois that happened during the course of a drag race.  One teenage girl died as a result of this street-racing accident.

The accident happened on Route 120, just east of Hunt Club Road, in Gurnee, Illinois, at approximately 8:19 p.m.

As the two cars were racing eastbound on Route 120, one of the drivers – driving a 2004 Honda Civic – lost control of his car.  The car then went “airborne” before rolling over and landing in the median ditch.

The Civic had four occupants.  Two of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

One of those ejected was a passenger in the rear seat.  She has been identified as  Cynthia N. Perez, 16, of Antioch.  She died at the accident scene.

Another occupant ejected was a 20-year-old male.  He was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in serious condition. Also injured and taken to Condell were two males ages 17 and 18 years old.

The drivers of both vehicles were arrested, according to Gurnee Police.

An excerpt from the June 25 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Police:  Drag race led to death of teen girl” :

Jeremy A. Betancourt, 17, of 41758 N. Circle Drive in Antioch, the driver of the Honda, has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated street racing, both felonies, according to police. He was also cited for driving without a valid driver’s license and driving an uninsured vehicle.

The driver of the Ford, Michael R. Dawson, 19, of 431 Filweber Court in Antioch, was charged with aggravated street racing and cited for operating a vehicle with expired registration.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Lake County News-Sun article mentioned above, as well as the Highland Park Patch article of June 25 titled “Lake County Teen Dies In Drag Racing Crash:  2 Arrested” and the Grayslake & Gurnee TribLocal article of June 25 titled “2 charged with drag-racing crash that killed Lake Co. teen.”


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