Barrington High student dies from crash injuries

A Barrington High School student died late Sunday from injuries suffered in a weekend crash in which two others were injured.

Rebecca Soderman, 18, of Lake Barrington was a passenger in the one-vehicle crash that occurred about 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Barrington Hills police said.

"In Rebecca, our community has lost a compassionate young woman who not only felt the pain of others, but found meaning and joy in offering them comfort," said her father, Randy Soderman.

According to police, a 21-year-old Rolling Meadows man was driving the vehicle west on Plum Tree Road when it left the road and struck a tree near Rock Ridge Road.

Rebecca Soderman died at 11:48 p.m. Sunday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Police said the Rolling Meadows man and a second passenger, a 16-year-old Barrington girl, were taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington with minor injuries.

Barrington High School Principal Stephen McWilliams sent an email to parents notifying them of the student's death.

"I spoke to Rebecca's family who is grieving the unexpected loss of their child," McWilliams wrote. "I understand that many of her friends and their families will have difficulty coping with this loss as well."

McWilliams said he notified all students of Soderman's death and emphasized that counseling support is available to them if they need help processing their emotions.

"Our priority is supporting our students as they grieve the loss of their classmate," he wrote.

Barrington Hills authorities said the crash remains under investigation. The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team has been working the case as well.

  Crews remove trees Monday morning that were damaged in a crash Saturday night along Plum Tree Road in Barrington Hills that claimed the life of 18-year-old Barrington High School student Rebecca Soderman. Two others were injured in the one-vehicle crash. Bob Chwedyk/
  An 18-year-old Barrington High School student died late Sunday from injuries suffered when a car in which she was a passenger struck a tree Saturday night along Plum Tree Road in Barrington Hills. Bob Chwedyk/
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