High-Speed Driving Leads To Fatal Fox Lake Crash

High-speed driving increases both the probability of crashing a vehicle as well as the likelihood that any resulting injuries will be of a serious nature. High-speed driving and its hazards are further discussed on the “Speed As An Accident Cause And The Potential For Serious Injuries” page.

An excerpt from that page:

Excessive speed has been a factor on many Lake County crashes.   Some of these crashes involving excessive speed occur during street racing or drag racing.  These racing activities are dangerous for many reasons, including the speed involved; driving with excessive speed on roadways not designed to safely accommodate high-speed driving; and the fact that often other roadway users who are not involved in the racing can be exposed to the dangers of the speeding vehicles.  Lake County accidents – some which have led to serious injuries as well as fatalities – that have involved street racing are discussed on the “Street Racing Accidents In Lake County” page.

On Sunday (October 20, 2019) night there was a fatal crash involving a car traveling at high speed. At the time of the crash the car was involved in a police chase.

This high-speed driving accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the October 22, 2019 Daily Herald article titled “Two people who died in Fox Lake crash after high-speed chase identified.” An excerpt, mentioning the driver of the car, Theopolis Owens, 28, of Chicago :

Fox Lake police said Monday the pursuit began when a 1994 Toyota Camry was seen driving at a high rate of speed through Genoa City, Wisconsin. A local police officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop, leading to the chase that continued into Illinois.

As the vehicle traveled east on Route 173, a Spring Grove police officer responded to assist and participated in the pursuit. Fox Lake police officers were not part of the police chase, according to authorities.

Owens lost control of the car around 7:21 p.m. and it went over a guardrail just north of Route 173 near Converse Avenue in Fox Lake, Lee said. The Camry hit several trees and burst into flames.

As seen in the article, Owens and an 18-year-old passenger in the car, Kayla Crews of Lake Geneva, died from accident injuries. Another 18-year-old passenger, Mya Janczak, from Waukegan, was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Additional details regarding high-speed driving can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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