Cellphone Using Man Under Influence of Drugs (Presumably Pot) Hits Prairie Grove School Bus Head-on

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:


A Prairie Grove School District 46 school bus was struck head-on in a crash today on Crystal Lake Avenue, near Hamilton Drive in unincorporated Crystal Lake.

At 8:15 a.m., members of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Cary Fire Protection District responded to a crash between a silver 2001 Mazda Tribute and a school bus.

Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the Mazda, James T. Owens, age 21 of Cary, was traveling
eastbound on Crystal Lake Avenue when he crossed over the centerline

The Mazda collided with the school bus head-on, which was traveling westbound on Crystal Lake Avenue.

The students were safely evacuated from the bus, with one minor injury reported.

The injured child was evaluated by the Cary Fire Protection District and subsequently released to a parent.

Owens was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in McHenry and then airlifted to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

A second school bus was sent to the scene to transport the children to school.

The crash investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Arrested: James T. Owens, 21, Cary, Illinois

  • Charges Driving under the Influence of Drugs (Class A)
  • Possession of Cannabis by Driver (Class A)
  • Improper Lane Usage (Petty offense)
  • Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash (Petty offense)
  • Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle (Petty offense)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle while Using an Electronic Communication Device (Petty offense)

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The car had California plates.


Cellphone Using Man Under Influence of Drugs (Presumably Pot) Hits Prairie Grove School Bus Head-on — 14 Comments

  1. Little Jimmy Owens, former jocko from Cary Grove?

    –what you doing smoking Gonj while driving that early in the a.m. Jimmy?

    Or returning from a late nighter and instead of dropping a hot roach, it was the cell phone and you dont see a School Bus?

    Dude, you done.

    Clean up, apologize and get ready to pay up.

    That your Moms car?

  2. Remember, Alabama Shake said Pritzker legalizing pot was a policy he agrees with.

  3. LOL – JT, it is incredible how much I live in your head already!

    But, yes, it is a policy that I agree with.

    Are you attempting to use this accident as a reason why the policy is wrong?

    Do you also think that we should ban alcohol?

  4. Alabama Shake, these idiots can not differentiate between public policies and incidental criminal acts.

    They wear tinfoil hats, live in dreamland, refuse to be vaxxed and think the insurrectionists of Jan 6 should be given medals.

  5. Seems like everyone commenting is missing the major cause:

    “Operating a Motor Vehicle while Using an Electronic Communication Device (Petty offense)”

  6. It’s really a legal definition, Nob.

    Meaning an offense for which no arrest can be made, with a maximum fine of $1,000.


  7. JT – once again you bring me into a conversation and then refuse to actually engage in any substance on the issue.

    And you call me the troll…

  8. Alabama, do you drink a lot of sterno with Mrs. Evertsen? She pounds them down, but you are a sipper.

  9. Notsofast: nope, sorry. Definitely no drinking with Evertsen.

    Uh, thanks for asking?

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