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Police from Barrington Hills, and firefighters and paramedics from Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District responded about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2021 to a report of a head-on crash with injuries at Algonquin Road and Helm Road in Barrington Hills.

Police, firefighters and paramedics on arrival discovered at least three vehicles involved with two vehicles with severe damage from a head-on collision. Firefighters immediately went to work on extrication and initially reported at least four people were injured. One vehicle left the roadway.

Two additional ambulances were requested by 12:59 a.m. A total of five ambulances were dispatched to the crash scene — two ambulances from Barrington-Countryside FPD, one ambulance from Palatine Fire Department, one ambulance from Barrington Fire Department, and one ambulance from Palatine Rural FPD. Hoffman Estates firefighters were also assigned to the call to work with Barrington-Countryside firefighters on extrication.

Five people were transported to area hospitals and one person refused medical transportation.

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As many as 1.5 million uninsured Illinois drivers will have something new to worry about starting July 1: computers, twice a year, will try to catch them.

On July 1, the Illinois Secretary of State will begin using a vendor to check the insurance status of all drivers in Illinois in an effort to reduce the number of uninsured drivers. The computer checks will be twice a year and most drivers won’t even know about them, unless the computer can’t find a driver’s insurance info.

Then a warning letter is generated stating their license plates are being suspended.

After the warning letter, uninsured drivers will be required to obtain insurance and a $100 fine will be imposed to reinstate the plates.

If the state sends the warning letter and a driver does have insurance, the driver must contact their insurance agent, provide them the reference number from the warning notice and the agent must then resolve the matter with the state.

Illinois has about 8.5 million drivers, and estimates between 1.2 million and 1.5 million don’t have the required liability insurance. The Illinois Secretary of State estimates the random checks can reduce that by several hundred thousand.

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A couple from Woodstock was seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding on crashed in Barrington Hills on Sunday.

The Fox River Grove Fire Protection District and Barrington Hills Police Department responded around 4:41 p.m. Sunday to Wolf Road and Algonquin Road for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.

Emergency crews arrived to find a motorcycle that crashed into a guardrail with two people injured, according to Barrington Hills Police Department Spokesman William Walsh.

The Fox River Grove Police Department and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene to assist with traffic control by closing the road, Fox River Grove Police Chief Eric Waitrovich said.

Paramedics transported the male driver of the motorcycle by ambulance to a landing zone near the Algonquin Road School, 975 Algonquin Road in Fox River Grove.

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EdFirefly, An American Paint Horse, who is affectionately known as “Phoofie” found herself in a precarious situation. “I noticed she was down which is not normal for horses to do,” said resident Sarah Quinn. She called her son-in-law to help raise Firefly and they quickly discovered they needed additional assistance.

Quinn called VBHPD. Sgt. David Kann and Ofc. Brian Baird arrived on the scene, assessed the situation and called in the necessary resources.

“We were overcome with emotion. It was so nice to have the community support you. It was wonderful,” said Quinn.

Read the full Village Facebook post here.

Related: “Firefighters Called to Help Rescue a Horse, County Line Rd West of Bateman Rd

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A Metra train struck a car that was improperly on the railroad tracks Thursday evening in Lake Barrington.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash at Route 14 and Kelsey Road about 6:40 p.m., according to sheriff’s Lt. Chris Covelli.

The driver of a Nissan sedan told police she was heading southwest on Kelsey to Plum Tree Road when her GPS told her to turn right.

She turned on the railroad tracks instead of the roadway, Covelli said, and continued northwest on the tracks for about 50 feet before a Metra train headed toward the Fox River Grove station struck her car.

A brief video of the scene can be seen here.  The Daily Herald story can be found here.

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Two people were injured, one critically, in a crash between two pickup trucks early Saturday morning in Barrington Hills.

The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. at Dundee and Bateman roads. Barrington Hills police said their preliminary investigation indicates that a truck driven south on Bateman by an 87-year-old man collided with a truck heading east on Dundee, driven by a 43-year-old man.

The 87-year-old man was ejected from his vehicle and taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates in critical condition.

The 43-year-old man was also taken to St. Alexius, but with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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Rafal Ryndak, 28, of Schiller Park, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle through Barrington Hills in May 2018. After a lengthy investigation, police made an arrest in the case Wednesday. (Courtesy of Marcin Ryndak)

A 42-year-old Deer Park man surrendered to Barrington Hills police Wednesday to face a charge stemming from a May 2018 hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist.

Tommy G. Walker III, of the 23000 block of Long Grove Road, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in connection with the deadly crash along Route 59 south of Route 68.

Authorities believe Walker was behind the wheel of a Toyota pickup truck or SUV that struck a bicycle ridden by 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park at about 10 p.m. May 11, 2018. Ryndak was thrown from his bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Two people were hurt in a three-car Barrington Hills crash Wednesday night, police said.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Algonquin Road and Springwood Lane shortly after 6 p.m., Barrington Hills police officer Jason Currie said. Two people were taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates with minor injuries.

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Rebecca June Soderman

Family members of an 18-year-old Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

The emotional impact statements about the death of Rebecca June Soderman were made Friday before McHenry County Judge Micheal Coppedge, weeks after the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Zeek, 25, of Rolling Meadows pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

Zeek, who was speeding in a 25 mph zone on Plum Tree Road west of Rock Ridge Road in Barrington Hills, was sentenced to 2 ½ years of probation. He was also sentenced to community service and served 30 days of a 180 day jail. Should he violate his probation the remainder of his jail sentence will be imposed, prosecutors said.

Family members of an 18-year-old Lake Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

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Related: Rolling Meadows man sentenced to probation for fatal 2017 crash

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A Rolling Meadows man was sentenced to probation Thursday in connection with a single-vehicle crash that killed a Lake Barrington High School student.

More than two years after Matthew Zeek lost control of his vehicle while speeding in a 25-mph zone, the 25-year-old accepted an offer from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Zeek to 2½ years of probation in connection with the March 3, 2017, crash that killed 18-year-old Rebecca Soderman and injured a 16-year-old passenger.

Zeek, of the 2400 block of Sigwalt Street, was driving 93 mph in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu that was traveling west on Plum Tree Road in Barrington Hills when the crash occurred.

Read the full Northwest Herald story here

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