By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

PALATINE, Ill. (CBS) — A driver is dead after striking a utility pole in Palatine early Wednesday morning.

At 2 a.m., Palatine police were called to the 1400 block of West Northwest Highway, and found a Chevrolet work van had gone off-road and hit a utility pole on the north side of Northwest Highway at Countryside Drive.

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The driver – Christian Serpe, 34, of Bloomingdale – had to be extricated by Palatine firefighters. He suffered severe injuries and was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where he underwent surgery, but was later pronounced dead, police said.

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There were no passengers in the vehicle, and police have no video of the crash.

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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office will investigate Serpe’s death.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff