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Wauconda man dies after car goes over berm, lands upside down

HARVARD – A 39-year-old Wauconda man died Saturday night after the car he was driving traveled over a berm, went airborne and landed on its roof in unincorporated Harvard.

The Harvard Fire Protection District and McHenry County Sheriff’s police responded about 7:05 p.m. Saturday to the single-car crash in the 6500 block of White Oak Road, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary investigation shows Matthew D. Grey, 39, of Wauconda was driving a 2015 Dodge Dart east on Hunter Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Hunter and White Oaks roads. Grey then drove over a berm west of the intersection, which resulted in his car going airborne and landing on its roof, police said.

The 39-year-old was the only person in the car, and he was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:52 p.m., according to the release.

He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the release said.

A preliminary autopsy performed Monday showed Grey lost oxygen because of being suspended upside down in the vehicle, according to a news release from the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. Final cause of death is pending additional studies.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigations Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the incident.

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