Wauconda Fatal Collision On Route 12 Near Route 59

A Wauconda fatal collision occurred early Thursday (April 16, 2020) morning. This Wauconda fatal collision involved a driver traveling in the wrong direction.

The fatal crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the April 16, 2020 Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “2 killed, 1 seriously injured after wrong-way crash in Wauconda.” An excerpt from the article:

Two men in their 20s were killed and another man was seriously injured following a wrong-way crash in Wauconda involving a delivery truck and minivan.

The Wauconda Police Department and Wauconda Fire District responded around 2:16 a.m. Thursday to the northbound lanes of Route 12 near Route 59 for a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

Wauconda Police Department Public Information Officer Heath Cognac said that a Honda Odyssey was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 12 when it collided into a Freightliner delivery truck.

The occupants of the Honda Odyssey included a 25-year-old man, and also had a 24-year-old male passenger. Both of these occupants were declared dead at the accident scene. They were later identified by the Lake County Coroner as Kyle DeKruif, 25, of Island Lake, who was driving; and Montana Brown, 24, of Gurnee, who was the passenger.

The driver of the delivery truck was a 23-year-old man. He was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of his accident injuries.

This Wauconda fatal collision is under investigation by the Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) and the Wauconda Police Department.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the source mentioned above, as well as other sources.

Other “wrong-way driver” crashes are summarized in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category. As seen in these crashes, due to these highly forceful and physically traumatic crashes, injuries are usually serious in nature. Many of these crashes lead to fatalities, either at the accident scene or at some later time.

“Wrong-way driver” incidents and collision have happened throughout Lake County, on a variety of roadways. While driving in the wrong direction can occur for many reasons, the primary reason is that the driver is either “drunk driving” and/or impaired by drug use.


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