There was a fatal Illinois “head-on” collision today (February 20, 2015) in unincorporated Kane County near Gilberts. According to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Illinois Route 72 about one-third of a mile east of Big Timber Road. A five-year-old girl died from accident injuries, and three other people were hurt.
The fatal accident happened as a Mercedes C320 was heading east on Illinois Route 72. As it came to a curve in the road, for some reason the car drove into the westbound lane and collided “head-on” with a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The Toyota was then hit from behind by a Chevrolet.
A 5-year-old girl, Gabrielle Horvath, of Hampshire, was in a carseat in the Toyota. She was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where she was later pronounced dead.
The driver of Toyota, James Horvath, 45 (father of Gabrielle) as well as the driver of the Mercedes, identified only as a 17-year-old boy from Carpentersville, were also taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.
The driver of the Chevy, David Doyle, 39, of Byron, was treated at the accident scene.
An excerpt from the February 20, 2015 Courier-News article titled “5-year-old girl killed in head-on crash near Gilberts“:
The 17-year-old boy, who lives in Carpentersville, was cited with driving in the wrong lane, police said. Police were still investigating the accident, and had not determined what caused the crash.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Kane County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Courier-News article mentioned above as well as the February 20 Batavia Patch article titled “Update: 5-Year-Old Killed in Kane County Crash on Route 72 and Big Timber Road.”
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