LAKEWOOD – A 19-year-old Crystal Lake woman is dead and two others were hurt after a head-on, rollover crash Saturday afternoon at Route 47's north intersection with Route 176, police said.
McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski identified the teen as Jacquelyn Paulson. According to a news release from the coroner's office, cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, scheduled for Monday.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Paulson was driving a Chevrolet northbound on Route 47 when she jumped the median and her car struck a southbound Acura SUV with two passengers, Lakewood Police Chief Leigh Rawson said. The Chevrolet driven by Paulson then rolled over before catching fire.
It was not known Saturday evening why the car jumped the median.
Bystanders pulled over and began trying to pry open the door and free Paulson, witnesses Michelle Myshkowec and Carlos Zavala said.
"There were five, six people jumping out of their cars trying to get her out," Myshkowec said.
Myshkowec's husband, Andrew, tried to pry the door open with the sway bar from their trailer until another man reached in and extricated the woman through the window. Another bystander, a nurse, performed CPR on Paulson until help arrived.
The nurse then began calming the driver of the Acura and tried to get the driver and passenger to keep their heads down in case the other car exploded, Myshkowec said.
All three victims were taken to Centegra Hospital Woodstock, where Paulson was declared dead, Woodstock Fire Rescue Capt. Brendan Parker said. The injuries of the SUV's passengers were not life-threatening, he said.
Police shut down Route 47 and detoured traffic for more than four hours, reopening it to traffic at about 8:30 p.m.
According to a news release, the McHenry County Sheriff's Accident Investigation Unit and the Lakewood Police Department also are investigating the crash.