Driver flees Lake County crash with man on hood of car, then runs him over

A 17-year-old girl was arrested early Monday morning after she ran over a man who was clinging to the hood of her vehicle following a traffic accident in north suburban Beach Park.

A Lake County sheriff's deputy was on patrol around 1:30 a.m. when he saw two vehicles, including a 2004 Toyota Camry driven by the girl, speed away from a business in the 37800 block of North Sheridan Road, according to a statement.

As the deputy attempted to pull the girl over, he noticed a man clinging to the hood of her Camry waving for his help, the Lake County sheriff's office said.


The girl swerved and abruptly stopped when the second vehicle passed the deputy and pulled alongside her Camry, causing the man to fall off the hood of the vehicle. She then ran the man over before continuing to flee, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy stayed with the victim, a 19-year-old Waukegan man, before he was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.

According to officials, the second vehicle continued to follow the Toyota and called sheriff's dispatchers to report its location. A deputy located and pursued the Toyota on southbound I-94, and Stop Sticks were deployed bringing the vehicle to a stop at mile marker 41.75 near Rosemont.

The girl, from Winthrop Harbor, and two passengers were arrested and taken to the Lake County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division, where they remain in custody.

According to investigators, the Toyota fled the Beach Park business after a minor crash. The 19-year-old man attempted to intervene after the crash, and jumped on the hood of the Toyota to avoid being struck, the statement said.

There were no further details on charges, and the incident remains under investigation by the Lake County sheriff's office.