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Bartlett man killed, McHenry woman injured in Route 31 head-on crash, police say

Crash near Prairie Grove happened while it was snowing

PRAIRIE GROVE – A 25-year-old Bartlett man died and a 51-year-old McHenry woman was hospitalized in serious condition after a head-on collision on Route 31 near Prairie Grove, McHenry County Sheriff’s police said Tuesday.

McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said Patrick M. Wixted, 25, of Bartlett died in the crash from blunt force injuries to his head and chest.

Police said Wixted was driving a 2002 Cadillac Deville south in the 2200 block of Route 31 about 6:10 p.m. Monday when he passed another southbound vehicle and lost control. His car entered the northbound lanes, where police said it collided with a northbound 2003 Mercury Mountaineer.

It was snowing at the time of the crash, but police did not say if weather was a factor.

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District took Wixted, and the Crystal Lake Fire Department took the woman who was driving the Mercury to Centegra Hospital – McHenry, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department Battalion Chief William Whyte said at the time of the crash.

Wixted was pronounced dead at 7:17 p.m., the coroner said. Toxicology reports were pending as of Tuesday afternoon.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, and airbags deployed in both vehicles, according to a sheriff’s news release.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Investigations Unit continues to investigate the crash.

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