RICHMOND – The speed limit on an accident prone stretch of Route 12 heading into Richmond has been lowered.
The Illinois Department of Transportation reduced the speed limit to 45 mph from 50 mph from Route 31 to Hunter Drive, the point where the speed limit drops to 40 mph.
The village of Richmond went to the state after a fatal accident on Route 12 was followed three weeks later by another serious accident, said Dave Byrnes, community liaison officer for the Richmond Police Department.
The speed limit was changed after the Illinois Department of Transportation conducted a traffic survey of the area, a release from the police department said.
Heather Paprocki, 43, of McHenry, died of her injuries Dec. 25, 2012, after a head-on collision on Route 12 just south of Hill Road. Three other people were taken to the hospital with injuries, Paprocki and a 12-year-old boy with serious injuries were airlifted.
Paprocki and the boy were passengers in a Toyota Rav4 that was struck head-on by another car that crossed the center line into their lane.
Another head-on collision occurred about 200 feet north of that accident site less than a month later.
The 71-year-old driver of one of the vehicles had to be extricated from his minivan and was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. The second driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.