Elgin man who was pinned between trucks identified

Updated 2/22/2018 4:24 PM

Authorities have released the identity of the 47-year-old Elgin man who died this week when he was pinned between two box-style trucks in unincorporated Lake County.

Preliminary autopsy results show Fidel Hernandez died early Tuesday of multiple traumatic injuries caused by the force he received when he was pinned between the two vehicles, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said.

Cooper said the coroner's office is awaiting toxicology results.

No citations have been issued at this time, Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Covelli said. The death remains under investigation by the Lake County sheriff's office Technical Crash Investigation Unit.

Hernandez was driving one of the trucks south on Fairfield Road when he pulled over in Fremont Township about 12:40 a.m. to shift an unstable load in the back of his truck, Covelli said.

When he stopped, a second box truck driven by a 45-year-old man from Bloomingdale pulled over behind him in order to assist, Covelli said. It appears the second driver did not put his truck in park, and the truck rolled forward and pinned Hernandez between the two vehicles, Covelli said.

The two drivers worked for the same refrigeration company, authorities said.

Hernandez was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he later died, Covelli said.

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