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Road conditions may have been a factor in fatal head-on crash near Hebron

Coroner identifies Woodstock woman who was killed

HEBRON – The McHenry County coroner has identified a Woodstock woman who was killed in a head-on crash Thursday when the driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control on a patch of snow on Route 173 near Hebron.

Silvia Ortiz-Ayala, 44, of Woodstock died of blunt trauma to the spine, chest and abdomen at Harvard Mercy Medical Center after a crash in the 9800 block of Route 173 east of Hebron, according to a news release from McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski.

The crash was the second fatal crash in McHenry County in a three-hour period and sent two other people to the hospital.

The two-vehicle crash occurred about 12:20 a.m. Thursday when a 20-year-old Woodstock woman driving a 2004 Mazda Tribute east on Route 173 hit a patch of snow and lost control of the car, according to the release. Ortiz-Ayala was in the front passenger seat of the Mazda.

The Mazda crossed the center line and struck a 2010 Dodge Journey heading west on Route 173. The 56-year-old Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, woman driving the Dodge Journey was taken to a local hospital.

Majewski said her office did not know the condition of the drivers involved.

The crash remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit. The sheriff’s office hadn’t released additional details about the crash as of Friday afternoon or the names of the two drivers.

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