DUI Suspected in Dual Route 41 Crashes in Lake Forest

Aaron Buckley has been charged with a DUI and other offenses following his collision with a Lake County Sheriff’s SUV while it was parked on Route 41, as per the Lake Forest Police Department’s information from December 21, 2023.

This collision happened after an initial single-vehicle crash that resulted in two people being seriously injured. The deputy’s SUV, with its emergency lights on, had been obstructing traffic during the first crash’s investigation when the second crash occurred. Preliminary investigations imply that both incidents involved alcohol.

The suspect in the second collision is accused of misdemeanor DUI-alcohol, felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated DUI with No Insurance, and more charges are possible.

Emergency services from Lake Forest originally responded to an accident with injuries at Route 41 and Route 60 around 10:37 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. They discovered a wrecked silver Ford Explorer with two seriously injured passengers who had been thrown from the vehicle. Both individuals were taken to a hospital with severe injuries. Two patients were transported with serious injuries by a third ambulance summoned to the scene by approximately 10:48 p.m. The scene was cleared by firefighters and paramedics around 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2023.

Emergency services returned to the scene at approximately 1:13 a.m. on December 21, 2023, following another crash report involving injuries at Route 41 and Deerpath. It was here where Buckley allegedly crashed into the deputy’s marked SUV, injuring the deputy inside. The officer was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The aftermath of the second crash is still under investigation. Stay updated on this developing story through The Cardinal’s Facebook page dedicated to behind-the-scenes emergencies. Keep informed on your favorite public safety and emergency responders, product manufacturers, and safety companies. Sharing public safety photos is encouraged.

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