Wauconda, IL (April 19, 2020) – Two men who were killed in a wrong-way collision in Wauconda, Illinois have been identified as residents of Island Lake and Gurnee, respectively. The Lake County Coroner’s Office announced that Kyle DeKruif, 25, of Island Lake, and Montana Brown, 24, of Gurnee, were killed in the accident. The accident occurred on Thursday, April 16th, when a Honda Odyssey collided head-on with a delivery truck on US-12 near Barrington Road.
DeKruif was driving the Odyssey, with Brown as his passenger, when the crash occurred at around 2:15 a.m. Both men died due to blunt injuries sustained in the crash. Toxicology tests are still pending.
The driver of the delivery truck was also injured. An ongoing investigation into the crash is being handled by local authorities.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of Kyle DeKruif and Montana Brown at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Wrong-Way Accidents in Illinois
While wrong-way crashes aren’t common, when they do happen, they often result in fatal injuries. Head-on crashes have a fatality rate of nearly 58 percent. Each year, 355 people are killed in wrong-way collisions.
Despite only accounting for 2 percent of crashes, head-on accidents are responsible for 10 percent of deadly collisions. When these crashes result in the death of a loved one, it can be devastating. In some cases, surviving family members can consult with a qualified Illinois wrongful death lawyer to discuss their legal options.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we have the time and resources to provide top-quality legal representation. We will fight for your fair and just compensation after the loss of a loved one. Call us today at 312-386-7683 to see how we can help.
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