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Driver blames sunlight for Fox Lake crash
By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/5/2010 3:42 PM

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A driver who told police he was blinded by sunlight drove past a stop sign and hit another car in a rollover crash on Washington Street in Fox Lake early Tuesday morning.

There were no serious injuries in the accident, although two small children were taken to an area hospital as a precaution, police said.

Paul Vonhoehne, 42, of Fox Lake, was eastbound on Garfield Avenue in his 1995 Saturn when he said he was blinded by sunlight, Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz said.

Vonhoehne's 3-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son were in the back seat when he went through a stop sign at Washington and hit a 2001 Saturn, driven by Thomas DeLeon, 54, of Fox Lake, Gliniewicz said.

DeLeon's car spun around after the crash, Gliniewicz said, but Vonhoehne's car rolled up and over the other vehicle, flipped onto its roof, then slid for another 20 feet before hitting a stop sign and coming to a rest.

Gliniewicz said firefighters were called to the scene and took the children to Centegra Hospital-McHenry as a precaution. Both were treated and released.

Vonhoehne and DeLeon were treated at the scene and released, he said.

The intersection of Washington and Garfield was shut down for about an hour while firefighters cleared the scene and the cars were towed away.

Vonhoehne was cited for disobeying a stop sign, Gliniewicz said. The children were in child safety seats at the time of the crash, he added.

"It was luck that no one was injured in the accident," he said.