A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department
Crystal Lake Traffic Crash June 29th, 2011
On Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at approximately 4:52 PM, emergency crews from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue and Crystal Lake Police Departments responded to a report of a traffic crash on Illinois Route 176 near Mt. Thabor Road.
Upon arrival crews located a two vehicle crash, in which one vehicle had left the roadway and came to rest in approximately three feet of water in the ditch on the south side of the road.
Fire Rescue personnel evaluated the occupants of the vehicles, determining none had sustained injury.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that both vehicles had been traveling eastbound on Rt. 176 at the intersection.
Jessica Hill (20) of Marengo, IL, while operating her 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer, had slowed and came to a stop, intending to turn left (north) onto Mt. Thabor Road. Travelling behind Hill’s vehicle was Roberta Luebbers, (68), also from Marengo, IL, in her 2006 Hyundai.
Luebbers failed to sufficiently reduce the speed of her vehicle before taking evasive action, and swerving off the road in an attempt to avoid striking Hill’s vehicle. Luebbers’ vehicle sideswiped the passenger side of Hill’s before leaving the roadway entirely, coming to rest in the water-filled ditch.
Roberta Luebbers was cited for Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident (Illinois Compiled Statutes Chapter 625, 5.0/11-601(a)) and was released from the scene pending her appearance in court August 18th, 2011 at the McHenry County Courthouse.
Traffic was diverted from the immediate area for approximately 40 minutes as crews investigated the crash, removed Luebbers’ vehicle from the water, and cleaned up the debris.
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This is an intersection that clearly needs to be realigned in preparation for a traffic signal as the area grows.