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Head-on crash kills Garden Prairie man

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(H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com)
A McHenry County sheriff's deputy collects items Friday morning after a head-on crash on Route 20 near Johnson Road, west of Marengo. Killed was Stephan A. Ford, 63, of Garden Prairie.

MARENGO – A 63-year-old mechanic killed in a head-on collision Friday morning near Marengo was on his way to the Crystal Lake car dealership where he worked and was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

Stephan A. Ford of Garden Prairie was driving east on Route 20 near Johnson Road about 6 a.m. when a westbound car crossed the center line and struck his car head-on, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ford was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities identified the driver of the oncoming car as Roderick Mann, 86, of Lincolnshire, and said he was taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock with injuries that were not life-threatening. He was wearing a seat belt and airbags deployed in his Lincoln MKZ.

Ford’s car was not equipped with airbags, authorities said.

The road was closed for more than four hours to investigate the crash and clear debris.

The investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

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