Driver suffered medical emergency before Antioch crash, coroner says

Updated 3/31/2020 6:12 PM

A 58-year-old Harvard man died after suffering a medical emergency while driving that caused him to crash into a guardrail last week in Antioch.

According to Antioch Deputy Chief Geoff Guttschow, a red Chevy TrailBlazer traveling west on Route 173 struck the guardrail on the eastbound shoulder of the highway about 10 p.m. March 24.


First responders found Gregory C. Peña, 58, of Harvard unconscious and took him to Advocate Condell Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death remains unknown, but initial indications show that Peña suffered a medical emergency before the crash, meaning he died of natural causes, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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