Batavia teen killed in single-vehicle accident

By on May 18, 2011

Elburn—A Batavia High School student was killed and another was in critical condition following a traffic accident on Green Road, south of Hughes Road, in unincorporated Blackberry Township Monday evening.

According to a release from the Sheriff’s Department, sheriff’s deputies and Elburn Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a traffic accident at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday. The responders discovered a vhicle off the road against a tree on Green Road.

According to the initial investigation, the vehicle, a 1989 Dodge 4-door, was traveling north on Green Road near Clover Hill Road when it left the roadway near a curve. The vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and then left the roadway on the west side of Green Road, at which point it struck a tree. Elburn Fire Department personnel extricated both the driver and a passenger, transporting them to Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

The driver, Lynlee Gilbert, 17, of Batavia, was pronounced deceased at Delnor. The passenger, Sarah Ginter, 18, of Batavia, was in critical condition at Delnor Hospital.

Both the driver and passenger were Batavia High School students. School staff were notified of the accident and immediately put their crisis team in place to provide support for family and friends of the victims.

The Kane County Office of Emergency Management and the Batavia Police Department assisted Sheriff’s Deputies. Detectives from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team are continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash, which remains unknown as of press time.