Driver with Medical Emergency Crashes into McHenry Starbucks Causing Critical Injury for Employee

From the McHenry Police Department:


On January 16, 2020 at approximately 4:40 P.M. officers of the McHenry Police Department responded to the Starbucks, 4305 W. Elm St., for a crash involving a vehicle into the building.

Upon their arrival, officers observed a full size Dodge Ram partially inside the Starbucks.

The building sustained heavy damage.

Initial information showed the Dodge Ram was traveling Westbound on W. Elm St. and left the roadway east of the intersection of W. Elm St. and Oak Dr.

The vehicle continued Westbound while off the roadway and collided the northeast corner of Starbucks after striking a white Nissan SUV which was in the drive-thru area.

McHenry Township Fire Protection District (MTFPD), along with several neighboring fire departments, responded to the scene.

Fire and rescue personnel did succeed in extracting one patient from under the Dodge Ram.

In total, five injuries were reported on scene.

Four patients were transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry and one of the four was subsequently transported to Advocate Condell Hospital via Flight for Life.

They are being held for observation.

One patient was released on scene.

A 21 year old male Starbucks employee was transported to Advocate Condell Hospital and was reported to be in critical condition at the time of their transport.

A second Starbucks employee was treated at Northwestern Medicine McHenry with minor injuries and is now reported to be in good condition.

They were treated for less than critical injuries and they are now in fair condition and being held for observation.

The driver of the Nissan SUV was treated and released from Northwestern Medicine.

Members of the McHenry County Regional Major Crash Investigation Team completed an investigation and determined the cause of the accident was due to a medical emergency.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 53 year old man from Lakemoor, will not be cited or charged.

McHenry Planning and Development is assessing the building’s structural integrity.


Driver with Medical Emergency Crashes into McHenry Starbucks Causing Critical Injury for Employee — 3 Comments

  1. Why won’t he be cited?

    heart attack or one of Franks’ special friends?

  2. Sad story.

    Let’s not make it political.

    Could have happened to anyone.

    My thoughts and prayers to all of those injured, including the driver.

  3. The guy had a heart attack.

    Hope someone does a go fund me page for everyone involved, including the driver.

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