LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – A fatal crash in Lake Zurich early yesterday morning knocked out the power to the village hall building for the rest of the day Monday, said village manager Ray Keller at the March 15 village board meeting.
“An individual unfortunately died at the scene after crashing into the transformers at the corner of the building, knocking out power in village hall, and in a couple other buildings as well,” said Keller.
The crash occurred when Tyler Wills, 39, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was headed southbound on Lions Drive and hit electrical boxes, signs and a fire hydrant, said police.
“At 4:46 this morning we received a call of a loud bang and a flash of light. We didn’t know it was a crash until we stopped [at the scene],” said chief of police Steve Husak.
“The driver was unresponsive. [The fire department] got there soon after our officers did. They were able to extricate the victim but they able to revive him. An autopsy will be done. The investigation will be ongoing for quite some time.”
ComEd and village subcontractors were at the scene working all day to restore interior power to village hall, which was restored by early evening on March 15.
In 2014, a flagpole was hit at the same location, as well as two other vehicular accidents believed to have occurred at the same corner at different angles, stated Husak and Brown.
“I was at the scene this morning. To show you what the force of that accident was, the fire hydrant ended up in Lyons Park,” Mayor Tom Poynton weighed in.
Village Trustee Marc Spacone noted that the office space in the building that was hit is vacant.