Mid-Sixties Drivers Crash Northwest of Woodstock

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Two-Vehicle Traffic Crash

Route 14 and Hughes Road northwest of Woodstock.

A 67-year-old Richmond woman and a 65-year-old Arlington Heights man were transported by ambulance to Centegra-McHenry following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Route 14 and Hughes Road in unincorporated Woodstock early Tuesday.

At 3:25 a.m. the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police Department, Woodstock Fire Protection District, Harvard Fire Protection District, and the Crystal Lake Fire Protection District responded to a vehicle crash involving a 2005 Dodge Caravan and a 2009 Volvo semi pulling a partially loaded 53’ trailer at the intersection of U.S. Route 14 and Hughes Road.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Dodge was traveling northbound on Hughes Road and failed to yield the right of way from the stop sign.

The semi was traveling westbound on U.S. Route 14 and struck the Dodge in the intersection. The intersection of U.S. Route 14 and Hughes Road was closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.

The driver and sole occupant of the Dodge, Cathleen Holtz, was transported by ambulance to Centegra-McHenry Hospital with serious injuries.

She was later transported by ambulance to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The driver and sole occupant, of the Volvo, Gerald Grapenthien, was transported by ambulance to Centegra- McHenry Hospital with serious injuries.

Alcohol is not suspected as playing a role in the crash. No airbags were deployed in the Dodge or the Volvo and both occupants of the two vehicles were wearing their seat belts.

An investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigations Unit and the Illinois State Police.

2005 Dodge Caravan – Cathleen Holtz, 67 years old, Richmond

2009 Volvo Semi: – Gerald Grapenthien, 65 years old, Arlington Heights


Mid-Sixties Drivers Crash Northwest of Woodstock — 3 Comments

  1. Night time – no fog – at least three hundred yard visibility in both directions – raises the question:


    The latest in a series of nasty accidents at that intersection.


  2. Oh obviously as senior citizens are #1 for texting and driving.

    Tongue firmly planted in cheek

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