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2 killed after car strikes tree in Oakwood Hills

OAKWOOD HILLS - Two men died early Friday morning after their car struck a tree in Oakwood Hills.

At 2:37 a.m. the Cary Fire Protection District responded to the intersection of West Rawson Bridge Road and Ida Drive for a motor vehicle crash in which a car struck a tree, according to a news release.

The passenger, Robert Sloan Jr., 22, of Algonquin, was extricated from the car within 15 minutes and transported to Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver, 25-year-old Bradley J. Kass, also from Algonquin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Kass' 2005 Dodge Neon was traveling southbound on W. Rawson Bridge Road when the vehicle crossed the center line during the curve in the road and struck a tree on the west side of the road, according to a press release from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

Kass was not wearing a seat belt, and Sloan was wearing a seat belt, the release said.

Airbags did not deploy.

Alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash, according to McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke. The department is awaiting a toxicology report.

A Flight For Life helicopter was initially called to the scene, but it was cancelled when the conditions of the victims was ascertained, the release said.

The crash is being investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office and the McHenry County Coroner's Office. The Cary Police Department also assisted at the scene.

-Jim Dallke

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