Lake Zurich woman hit by car after running from police

Updated 5/30/2019 6:11 PM

A 27-year-old Lake Zurich woman suffered critical injuries when she was struck by a car while running for an unknown reason from Lake County sheriff's deputies, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies were called to North Fairfield Road and West Schwerman Road in Fremont Township for a report of an intoxicated person about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff's office.


Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Covelli said the caller reported the woman was spotted sitting on the edge of the roadway on the shoulder.

Deputies arrived a short time later to find an abandoned 2017 Honda Civic on the side of Fairfield Road. When deputies arrived, they also noticed the as-yet unidentified woman was hiding inside the tree line nearby, Covelli said.

As one deputy started talking with the woman, she abruptly sprinted out of the wooded area and onto the Fairfield Road, Covelli said. She was hit by a southbound 1999 Honda Odyssey, authorities said.

Covelli said it remains unknown at this time why the woman ran onto the roadway. However, he added it appears as if alcohol played a factor in the crash.

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The woman was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where she remains with critical injuries, Covelli said.

The 35-year-old Round Lake Park man driving the Odyssey was not injured, Covelli said. The driver stopped at the scene, has been cooperative throughout the investigation, and deputies did not note he had any obvious signs of impairment, Covelli said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Technical Crash Investigations Unit, authorities said.

Covelli added charges could be filed at the conclusion of the investigation.

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