Lake County, Illinois
updated: 7/11/2017 4:30 PM
Injuries, not cardiac arrest, caused death after Buffalo Grove ATV crash
The Lake County coroner's office has determined a Deerfield man died from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Buffalo Grove over the weekend, not a suspected medical episode, officials said Tuesday.
William McPherron, 35, sustained multiple traumatic injuries to his body as a result of the crash, which occurred about 12:55 a.m. Sunday, Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said.
The injuries were to the chest region, Cooper said, which is why initial reports indicated McPherron may have suffered cardiac arrest about the time of the crash in Cahokia Woods near Lake-Cook Road.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Lake County Forest Preserve Police Chief John Tannahill said Tuesday. Investigators are speaking with potential witnesses and awaiting toxicology results, he said.
Authorities said first responders were called to a path in the woods near the 300 block of North Riverwalk Drive shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday in response to a crash.
McPherron, who was the ATV's driver, was taken from the scene to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
A female passenger on the vehicle suffered minor injuries.
ATV crash victim identified as Deerfield man
Daily Herald report
A man who suffered cardiac arrest after an all-terrain vehicle crash early Sunday at a Lake County Forest Preserve site near Buffalo Grove has been identified as a 35-year-old Deerfield resident.
The preliminary autopsy results for William McPherron were not available Monday evening, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said.
John Tannahill, director of public safety for the Lake County Forest Preserve District, said ranger police are examining what occurred in Cahokia Woods, just north of Lake-Cook Road.
"Right now, it looks like a regular accident on an ATV," he said. "They were in the forest preserve after hours and on a vehicle the forest preserve doesn't allow."
Authorities said first responders located McPherron suffering traumatic cardiac arrest while responding to an accident report at 12:55 a.m. Sunday on a path near the 300 block of North Riverwalk Drive.
McPherron, who officials said was driving the ATV, was taken Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. A female passenger suffered minor injuries.
Autopsy information is expected to be released sometime Tuesday, Cooper said.