Press Release- Two Vehicle Fatal Crash Investigation

5/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

A 41-year-old McHenry man has died and a 56-year-old McHenry man and a 42-year-old Chicago man were hospitalized as a result of a two vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon. The crash occurred in the 11500 block of Vanderkarr Road, unincorporated Hebron.


On May 18, 2020 at 2:29 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Hebron Alden Fire Protection District, Richmond Fire Protection District, Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, Woodstock Fire Rescue, and Harvard Fire Protection District responded to a two vehicle crash involving a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2003 Chevrolet 3500 Cargo Van that crashed on Vanderkarr Road, west of Kemman Road.


The scene investigation indicated the Jeep, driven by William P Bishop, had been traveling westbound on Vanderkarr Road and for unknown reasons the Jeep failed to stay within its lane of traffic.  The Jeep continued westbound into the eastbound lane of traffic and onto the eastbound shoulder where it struck the front of an eastbound Chevrolet.


The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The passenger of the Chevrolet was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Bishop was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.  Drivers of each vehicle were wearing their seatbelts.  The passenger in the Chevrolet was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Airbags did deploy in both vehicles.  The area of the roadway was closed for approximately three hours. Weather was not believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.


The investigation into the crash is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner's Office.  Toxicology reports are pending.


2003 Chevrolet 3500 Cargo Van

Driver:  Male, 41 of McHenry (Deceased)

Front Passenger: Male, 56 of McHenry


2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

William P. Bishop                    Charge:  625 ILCS 11-709 - Improper Lane Usage - Petty Offense

Male, 42, Chicago, IL              Next Court Date: 07/14/20 at 8:30am




The charges against this individual are merely allegations against him.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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