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Police investigate 2 fatal crashes in Greenwood Township

Hebron drivers die hours apart in separate accidents

Authorities are investigating two crashes on the same road that killed two Hebron residents in separate incidents Saturday.

The accidents, on Queen Anne Road in Greenwood Township, were about 2 miles apart, said Sgt. Karen Groves of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.

“I wouldn’t say we get a lot of accidents on Queen Anne Road,” Groves said.

“To have two accidents in one day, both fatalities, is unusual.”

Laura J. Gentili, 30, of Hebron, was pronounced dead at the scene about 10:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Road at Williams Court.

Earlier Saturday, sheriff’s deputies found Wayne C. Koch, 21, of Hebron, dead at 5:54 a.m. after a single-vehicle crash near Queen Anne and Allendale roads.

According to a news release, Gentili was driving a 2004 Subaru Outback north on Queen Anne Road, when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the west side of the road, struck a no-passing zone sign, re-entered and crossed the road, and struck a tree on the east side of the road. The Suburu’s passenger-side airbags deployed.

According to the release, Koch’s 2006 Ford Ranger was headed north on Queen Anne Road, when for unknown reasons he lost control of the vehicle and hit a guardrail. The Ranger left the road to the west before rolling over and coming to a stop. Koch was ejected from the vehicle, and airbags were deployed.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt. Weather and animals were not believed to be a factor in either crash that happened on straight stretches of road, Groves said.

“The road conditions were dry and clear,” Groves said.

The speed limit in the area where Koch crashed was 35 mph, and 55 mph where Gentili crashed.

As part of normal procedure, police are waiting on coroner’s reports to see whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Gentili worked for Exacto Chemical Inc., in Sharon, Wis., and recently was recognized for her leadership skills. She also volunteered at Valley Hi Nursing Home. She is survived by her parents, five siblings, and many other extended family. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, 2018 N. Route 47, Woodstock, with a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

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