WARREN TOWNSHIP – A 70-year-old Grayslake woman died July 28 after a crash along Route 45 in Warren Township, authorities said.
About 4:35 p.m. July 28, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Route 45 north of West Cottage Avenue, Warren Township, for a traffic crash with injuries, a news release stated.
Preliminary investigation shows a 2011 Kia Soul, driven by a male juvenile of Round Lake Beach, was traveling north on Route 45. For an unknown reason, he crossed the double-yellow center lane divider and entered the southbound lane of traffic. The Kia Soul struck a southbound 2003 Toyota Corolla, driven by a 70-year-old female of Grayslake.
The first deputy arrived and found a small fire in the engine compartment of the Toyota, which the deputy successfully extinguished with a fire extinguisher.
The driver of the Kia suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the Toyota suffered critical, life-threatening injuries.
Both drivers were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
The driver of the Toyota subsequently was pronounced deceased. The Lake County Coroner’s Office was to conduct an autopsy July 31.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.