Marengo man dies in 2-car crash near SG

By on March 26, 2009

Elburn driver ticketed just before accident
by Martha Quetsch
An Elburn woman involved in a fatal crash March 20 near Sugar Grove was ticketed for improper lane use less than nine minutes earlier on Route 38 and Pouley Road, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the two-vehicle fatal accident on Route 47 near Merrill Road that was reported at 5:36 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies, along with Sugar Grove Police and Kane County Forest Preserve Police, responded to the scene, where individuals were reported trapped in the vehicles, Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said.

The initial investigation indicates that a yellow Chevy S-10 pickup was traveling south on Route 47 and crossed into the oncoming northbound lane of traffic colliding head on with a Ford Windstar, Gengler said.

The driver of the pickup, Linda L. Knotts, 44, of the 300 block of Dempsey Drive in Elburn, was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with apparent non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford, William J. McKenzie, 54, of the 400 block of North State Street in Marengo, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Route 47 was closed temporarily between Scott and Harter roads for the investigation. The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting SheriffՉ۪s Detectives with the investigation.

It is unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, Gengler said.

Between the time of Knotts’ first ticket and the crash, at 5:34 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department received a call about someone driving recklessly in a yellow pickup southbound on Route 47 near I-88, Gengler said.

After the accident, Knotts was ticketed for illegal passing, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving in the wrong lane.

The charges against Knotts are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The Sheriff’s Department asks that anyone with information relating to this crash to call Detective Sal Rodriguez at (630) 208-2030.