Jose Rodriguez, 42, of Marengo and Falynn M. Hironimus, 29, of Hebron were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski. Autopsies will be performed Tuesday afternoon.
Two vehicles collided about 4:20 p.m. Sunday in the 7400 block of Route 47 in Hebron, between O’Brien and Thayer roads, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said.
Hironimus was traveling north in a 2009 Kia Rio, and for unknown reasons, she crossed into the southbound lane of traffic, crashing into a 2005 Chevy Impala driven by Rodriguez, Rogers said.
There were three other people in the Chevy Impala – a 39-year-old woman, a 12-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl, all from Marengo, police said. The 39- and 12-year-olds were taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry in critical condition and later sent to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
The 9-year-old was taken to Centegra Hospital – Huntley in stable condition, police said.
The passengers’ condition were not known Monday morning, Majewski said.
Air bags deployed in the Chevy Impala but not in the Kia, Rogers said. Hironimus and the two Marengo adults were wearing seat belts, but the 12-year-old and 9-year-old were not, Rogers said.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Accident Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office are investigating the cause of the crash.
Route 47 from Vanderkarr Road to Thayer Road in Hebron was closed for hours Sunday evening because of the crash, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Trevor Vogel said.
Hironimus’ family declined to comment, and attempts to reach Rodriguez’s family at home were unsuccessful.