Wauconda man killed in McHenry Co. crash

Published: 12/8/2009 9:09 AM | Updated: 12/8/2009 4:12 PM

A 47-year-old Wauconda man is dead after the truck he was driving crossed into the path of an oncoming SUV on Route 176 outside Crystal Lake Monday night, police officials said.

Prairie Grove police said a German shepherd guard dog named Falco also died in the accident, which occurred near Buhl Road shortly after 5 p.m.

A 1992 Toyota pickup truck driven by Jinsheng Liu was heading east on Route 176 about 50 mph when it crossed the center line and veered into the path of a 2001 Lincoln Navigator driven by Robert C. Richard, 64, of Towaco, N.J.

The vehicles collided head-on, the release states, causing the Toyota to spin sideways and the Navigator to roll numerous times.

Liu was pronounced dead at the scene by officials from the McHenry County coroner's office, officials said.

The dog, which was inside the Navigator and thrown out of the vehicle as it rolled over, also died at the scene.

Two other vehicles also were involved in the accident.

A 2008 Toyota pickup truck driven by Jason Pawlik, 37, of Lakemoor, was eastbound on Route 176 when it was struck by the tumbling Navigator and Liu's Toyota pickup. A fourth vehicle, a 2004 Ford Taurus, also headed east at 50 mph, collided with the Pawlik's 2008 Toyota pickup.

Richard and Pawlik both suffered serious injuries in the accident and were taken to Centegra Hospital-McHenry. No details were available Tuesday about their conditions.

A fourth victim - a 30-year-old woman from Crystal Lake - was transported to Centegra Hospital-McHenry where she was treated and released with minor injuries.

All drivers were wearing their seat belts, officials said in the news release.

Route 176 was shut down for about four hours while the accident was cleared. Police are still investigating the accident.