Hampshire teen killed, 3 others hurt in Elgin crash

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A 17-year-old boy was killed in a three-vehicle crash Saturday night in northwest suburban Elgin, police said. (WLS)

A 17-year-old boy was killed in a three-vehicle crash Saturday night in northwest suburban Elgin, police said.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., the teenager was driving a Nissan Altima north on Randall Road and crossed the center line near South Street, according to Elgin police.

The Altima crashed into a southbound Pontiac on Randall Road, then continued north in the southbound lanes, where it struck a Dodge Grand Caravan, police said. After the crash with the Caravan, the Altima left the roadway and came to rest on the west side of the street.

The boy was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He lived in Hampshire.

The victim was identified as 17-year-old Patryck Stanley. Students are taking his death very hard, particularly members of the lacrosse team, whose coach described Stanley as a star lacrosse player.

"He was one of my hardest workers on the field. Never quit, never got scared. Was an annoying defenseman for other teams to go up against. He never, ever got tired. Was absolutely relentless. He is going to be missed greatly. He was a player like I never had before," said Colin Fleury, coach of the Hampshire High lacrosse team. "He loved his teammates, the school here, everything lacrosse."

A passenger in the Altima, a 15-year-old girl from Carpentersville, was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where she was treated and released, police said.

The 30-year-old woman from Elgin driving the Caravan and her 67-year-old passenger were also taken to Sherman Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, police said. The driver of the Pontiac, a 21-year-old man from Geneva, was not injured.

Streets in the area were closed for about four hours after the crash, police said. The department's Traffic Unit and the Kane County coroner's office are investigating. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call (847) 289-2660.

Community Unit School District 300 Superintendent Fred Heid posted a message on Facebook Sunday morning that notified the school community about a Hampshire High School junior died in a crash. Heid said grief counselors would be at the high school and Hampshire Middle School Monday for students and staff who need to talk.

Another Hampshire High School student died in a crash earlier this month. Brianna Soto, 17, was killed and five other girls suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the rollover crash on May 4.

Her father, Edward Soto, called ABC7 Eyewitness News, devastated to learn of Stanley's death.

"Everything just replays in my head. Of what happened that night, and what his parents are going through right now. I'm planning on going and paying my respects to him as well," he said.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation as of May 5, but police said distracted driving may have played a role. Investigators said everyone in the car was wearing a seat belt.

CUSD300 Spokesman Anthony McGinn said the district plans to honor and recognize both students.

Brianna Soto

WLS-TV contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)
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