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Accidents leave one injured, one dead

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Two serious accidents Friday morning left one man dead and sent another to the hospital.

Malcolm A. Johnstone, 83, of Lake in the Hills, was killed when his car struck a tree “at a high rate of speed” at Haligus and Ackman roads in Lakewood, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said. The speedometer was stuck at 65 mph.

Johnstone was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:55 a.m., according to a news release from the coroner’s office. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing and a toxicology test is pending, according to the release.

Also Friday, Benjamin Schepp was sent to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock with that weren’t life-threatening injuries after his 2012 Ford Fiesta was hit by a Ford Explorer that crossed into his lane, said deputy Aimee Knop, a spokeswoman for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the Explorer, Jeffrey P. Nierman, 43, of Woodstock, was cited for driving too fast for conditions. He was not injured, Knop said.

Nierman was driving eastbound on Route 14 about a half mile west of South Ridgefield Road in Crystal Lake about 7:30 a.m. when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane, Knop said.

Schepp tried to avoid the accident, but the two vehicles collided “nearly head-on” and ended up in a ditch on the north side of the road, she said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and the airbags were deployed. No one else was involved in the accident. It was snowing at the time, Knop said.

Schepp was in fair condition as of 6 p.m. Friday.

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