CRYSTAL LAKE – A Crystal Lake man is in critical but stable condition after he was hit by an ice cream truck while crossing Route 14 in Crystal Lake on Monday night.
Police initially transported Jose Mundo-Gonzalez, 42, to Centegra Hospital – McHenry with what were believed to be life-threatening injuries, according to a news release Tuesday from the Crystal Lake Police Department.
Mundo-Gonzalez was later transferred to Rockford Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police were on the scene about 8 p.m. Monday outside the Amish Furniture Gallery, 301 W. Virginia St. Witnesses described hearing a loud screeching sound followed by a thud.
Chris Kaleta, a manager at nearby Cardinal Wines & Liquors, said he ran outside to find the man lying in the street bleeding from his nose and mouth. Kaleta and two other men assisted Mundo-Gonzalez until police arrived.
Investigators determined that Kristina Stynoski, 28, of Wonder Lake was driving an ice cream truck going east in the inside lane of Route 14, east of Linn Avenue, when the truck struck Mundo-Gonzalez, who had been attempting to cross the highway from the south.
There is no pedestrian crosswalk at the location, the release states. Charges were not immediately filed while Crystal Lake police continue to investigate the incident.
– Shawn Shinneman and Stephen Di Benedetto