Traffic Accident Injures Sheriff’s Deputy and Senior Citizen in Lake County, Illinois

Traffic Accident Injures Sheriff's Deputy and Senior Citizen in Lake County, IllinoisWhile responding to a call near Lake Villa, Illinois, Deputy Robert Skrypek, a 17-year veteran member of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, was allegedly injured in an automobile accident on Monday, August 15. The deputy received only minor injuries in the crash, according to the Chicago Daily Herald.

According to information provided to the news source by Ron Roth, Chief of Police for Lake Villa, Deputy Skrypek allegedly had his lights on and sirens blaring at about 1 p.m. while traveling on Grand Avenue, near Route 83. A vehicle, identified by police as a Mercedes-Benz convertible, allegedly pulled out in front of the deputy's car. Skrypek could not avoid the vehicle, the news source reported.

The deputy and the driver of the Mercedes, who was not identified by name to the news provider but only stated as being in his late 70s or early 80s, were quickly taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment. Both were reported not to have suffered injuries that were life-threatening.

Police Chief Roth stated that he believed Deputy Skrypek had done everything he could to avoid the accident, reacting quickly to the circumstances with which he was confronted.

"It could have been a lot worse," Roth said, according to the news source. "But the deputy did a great job of swerving to try and avoid the crash." He also stated that no citations had been issued regarding the crash, and that it was still under investigation.

Deputy Skrypek was released from the hospital fairly soon after his admission. The news source reports that as of August 16, the elderly driver of the Mercedes remains in the hospital.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, a total of 927 fatalities occurred in 2010 as a result of car accidents in the state, an increase from the 911 automobile-related deaths that took place the previous year.