(STMW) — A 5-year-old girl was killed and her father and another person were injured Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash near northwest suburban Pingree Grove.
A 17-year-old boy was driving a Mercedes C320 eastbound on Route 72 about 3:15 p.m. just past Big Timber Road when he lost control of the vehicle while approaching a curve in the road, according to the Kane County sheriff’s office.READ MORE: Navy Veteran Had Stroke In Costa Rica, And Now He's Stranded As Family Tries To Pay Five-Figure Medical Bills
The Mercedes then collided head-on with a Toyota FJ Cruiser that was traveling westbound on Route 72, police said. A third vehicle, a Chevrolet Chrome, then rear-ended the Toyota.
The 45-year-old man driving the Toyota and his 5-year-old daughter, Gabrielle Horvath, were taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where the girl was pronounced dead, police said.
Horvath, of Hampshire, was in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle at the time of the crash, police said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Arctic Blast Coming Late Tuesday Night
The Carpentersville teen driving the Mercedes was also taken to Sherman Hospital, police said. As of 8:30 p.m., he and the driver of the Toyota were still being treated for their injuries.
The driver of the Chevrolet, a 39-year-old man from Byron, was treated and released at the scene, police said.
The teen driving was issued a citation for driving in the wrong lane, police said.
Route 72 was closed to traffic between Big Timber and McCornack roads until about 9 p.m. while authorities investigated, police said. Investigators have not yet determined whether excessive speed, drugs, alcohol or texting played a role in the crash.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
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