The Lake County Coroner’s Office identified the two men killed after their vehicle crashed at high speed in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. During the weekend, Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper revealed their names as Edgar Herrera, 30 of Round Lake Beach, and Juan Renteria-Becerra, 34, of Mundelein.
Cooper said that the victims died from injuries due to blunt force trauma. Facts from the accident report disclosed that a Round Lake Beach Police officer attempted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 27th.
The vehicle driver failed to stop, traveling at speeds reported to be over 100 miles per hour. The officer terminated the chase, and a short while later, he found the vehicle in a wooded area near Route 134 and Main Street.
The report stated that the car crashed into the woods. Cooper said that Herrera and Renteria-Becerra were passengers in the vehicle, alongside two other people. He added that the two were pronounced dead at the scene.
Another occupant of the vehicle sustained significant injuries, and a medical helicopter flew the person to the hospital for treatment. The coroner’s update did not indicate the victim’s current condition.
The fourth occupant of the car sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment in a hospital. Cooper described the accident as a tragedy, noting that his office has been in close contact with the families of Herrera and Renteria-Becerra.
The investigation into the occurrence is ongoing. It is headed by the Round Lake Beach PD and the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT).
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