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Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
June 28, 2011

This is Tuesday morning. Read the following press release by the Crystal Lake Police Department of a crash that occurred 12 hours ago. It's clear and complete. The release explains what happened. The officer completed initial steps of the crash investigation, determined fault and issued a ticket.

Compare this press release to the delay in the release of any information for a week by the McHenry County Sheriff's Department in a June 8th two-car crash involving two squad cars of on-duty deputies. And then another week followed before further details and names came into public view. I wonder if that crash would have stayed fully under the radar (out of the news), unless someone "leaked" information to the Northwest Herald. At least, the Sheriff knows nobody called me about it - it would have been publicized the next day!

My compliments to the Crystal Lake Police Department!

Crystal Lake Traffic Crash June 27th, 2011

On Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 7:32 PM, Crystal Lake Police and the Crystal Lake Fire Department responded to the intersection of Route 31 at Three Oaks Road for a report of a traffic crash. Responding units located the crash, which involved three vehicles. Fire Rescue personnel tended to the occupants of the vehicles, subsequently transporting two subjects for injuries sustained, although none were believed to have been life-threatening.

Police personnel investigated the crash, and determined that a 2004 Toyota Camry, driven by Rosemarie Van Horn, (47) of 422 Ash Fork Trail, Cary, IL had been travelling southbound on Route 31 at Three Oaks Road. Travelling northbound Route 31 at Three Oaks Road was a 1997 Nissan Maxima, driven by a seventeen year old juvenile from Crystal Lake, IL along with a juvenile passenger. Stopped westbound on Three Oaks Road at Route 31 was a 2006 Dodge Durango, driven by Nancy Herbster (45) of 433 Conestoga, Cary, IL with an adult passenger. As the Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima approached the intersection, the southbound Toyota Camry turned left, and collided with the northbound Nissan Maxima. The initial impact of the collision caused the Nissan Maxima to make contact with the Dodge Durango.

Rosemarie Van Horn was transported to Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry IL for evaluation and treatment. The juvenile passenger of the Nissan Maxima was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington IL. The seventeen year old driver of the Nissan Maxima was not injured. Nancy Herbster and her passenger were not injured.

The roadway was returned to an unrestricted status by 8:20 P.M. Rosemarie Van Horn was issued a traffic citation for Failure to Yield, vehicle turning left. This incident remains a pending investigation.

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