Online Staff Report
Around 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, Rockford police and fire units responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 3900 block of Charles Street. Upon arrival, officers located a Buick Rendezvous with heavy front-end damage up against a tree on the corner of Charles and Radcliff and a Pontiac Sunfire with heavy rear-end damage in the intersection of Charles and Blenheim. All occupants of the vehicles were extricated and transported to local hospitals.
Initial investigation revealed the driver of the Buick, a 27-year-old Roscoe man, was traveling east on Charles Street in the 3900 block at a high rate of speed. This vehicle then rear-ended an east-bound Pontiac driven by a 48-year-old Rockford woman. After the first impact, the Buick went off the road and struck a tree head on at Charles and Radcliff. The driver and passenger of the Buick, a 25-year old Pecatonica woman, were extricated from the vehicle and transported to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries. The driver and sole occupant of the Pontiac was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Excessive speed is a contributing factor, although drugs and alcohol are also being investigated as a potential contributing factor in this accident.
Posted Dec. 8, 2014