ILLINOIS: Lake County Sheriff DUI arrest bookings Dec. 24, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020; Chris L Miller was the star when he crashed into a fatal wreck scene and struck a deputy

Chris L Miller Lake County Ill Sheriff DUI Jan. 1, 2020

An 82-year-old Lake Zurich man died and two other people — including an auxiliary Lake County sheriff’s deputy — were injured in crashes Monday evening in Volo, officials said Tuesday.

Just before 6 p.m., the 82-year-old man was traveling south on Route 12 in a 1995 Mazda convertible when, for an unknown reason, his car crossed into the northbound lanes near Volo Village Road, Lake County sheriff’s police said.

The Mazda struck a northbound 2005 Toyota sedan driven by a 20-year-old Lake in the Hills man, whose car was pushed into the path of a southbound 2008 Subaru SUV driven by a 27-year-old McHenry man. The Subaru struck the Toyota.

Police said the driver of the Mazda was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 20-year-old driver of the Toyota was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center with serious injuries. He was hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday but is expected to recover, authorities said.

Meanwhile, the driver of the Subaru was uninjured.

The crash is being investigated by the sheriff’s technical crash investigations unit. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

While authorities were at the scene of the accident, an auxiliary deputy who was blocking southbound Route 12 at Molidor Road was injured in another crash about 7 p.m.

Authorities said there were eight traffic cones, flares and a marked squad car with its emergency lights activated perpendicular across the lanes of traffic, to alert drivers that the roadway was closed.

Nevertheless, police said, Chris L. Miller, 65, of the 29000 block of North Fairfield Road, an unincorporated area near Mundelein, disregarded the warnings and crashed a 2016 Ford pickup truck into the squad car.

The force of the collision pushed the squad car into the auxiliary deputy, who was standing outside. He was taken to a hospital with broken bones in at least one leg, officials said.