A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department about a car that hit a utility pole in front of Country Donuts:
Crystal Lake Traffic Crash July 4th, 2011
On Monday, July 4th, 2011 at around 6:55am, emergency crews from the Crystal Lake Fire/Rescue and Police Departments responded to a report of a single-vehicle traffic crash on South Virginia Street (Route 14) near Virginia Road.
Upon arrival crews determined a motorist, operating a 1996 Chevrolet 3500 pick-up truck, had struck a utility pole located in front of 181 South Virginia Street.
The motorist, identified as Daniel McDonough (21) of Chicago, IL, was treated by Crystal Lake Fire/Rescue on scene for minor facial injuries sustained as a result of the collision. McDonough declined further medical treatment.
The subsequent traffic crash investigation revealed Daniel McDonough was westbound on South Virginia Street when he crossed the eastbound lanes, left the roadway, and struck a utility pole located in the parkway in front of 181 South Virginia Street.
McDonough reported he was adjusting the radio in the Chevrolet when he crossed the eastbound lanes, left the roadway, and struck the pole.
McDonough was cited with Improper Lane Usage and Failure to Wear a Safety Belt, Illinois Complied Statutes 625ILCS 5.0/11-709A and 5.0/12-603.1. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 4th, 2011 at the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock.
Traffic on Virginia Street remained unrestricted during the crash investigation.
The utility pole sustained some damage and will have to be replaced.
In the meantime, a crew from the utility company braced the pole to prevent its collapse.