Police Name Driver in Fatal Route 25 Crash

The 45-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Here is his identity and how the crash happened.

Police Monday afternoon identified the driver who died at the scene of a two-car crash on Route 25 near Batavia.

The driver is 45-year-old Karl Smith of St. Charles, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

Smith was driving a sport-utility vehicle on Route 25 along a curve when his vehicle spun out of control, crossing into opposite traffic, the Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash north of the Banbury Road intersection at about 9 a.m. Jan. 7.

The SUV struck a Honda Accord that was traveling south on Route 25. The driver of the Accord, a 60-year-old woman from Batavia, was transported to Delnor Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was later released from Delnor Monday afternoon, a Cadence Health spokesman said.

As of Monday, it was unknown if vehicle speed, drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, said a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

"It does not appear that there will be any criminal charges related to this investigation," the statement said.

The crash narrative is as follows:

A 2005 Ford Expedition was traveling north on Route 25 on a curve and began to spin out of control. The Expedition crossed into the southbound lane of traffic and struck a 2005 Honda Accord that was traveling south.

"The Expedition continued out of control and eventually went off the road on the west side of Route 25 and flipped onto its roof," the Sheriff's Office statement said. "The driver was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by fire personnel."

The driver of the Ford Expedition, Karl Smith, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Kane County sheriff’s deputies and members of the County Crash Reconstruction Team continue to investigate the crash.

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Martha Hanna January 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Gosh so sad, I hope Karl wasn't checking his phone when he spun out. People please stay off your phones!! Very sad for everyone.
Kari Fikar January 08, 2013 at 01:16 PM
There's no proof that he was on his phone! My condolences for everyone involved.
Jill K. Amoni January 08, 2013 at 03:33 PM
An Expedition is like an armored truck, very fortified. Just for stats, wondering if he was wearing his seat belt, if air bags deployed? It's helpful for others' safety... Blessings to his family...may His mercy and comfort be with the survivors...
CJP Davis January 09, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I knew this man! He was a wonderful father, ingeneral, a great person, and wonderful to know. It is unbelievable that such an end to his life was so horific. My condolences to his family and friends and all who knew and loved him...he is in heaven now with his Mother and Father and at peace at last.
kk leaman January 09, 2013 at 01:56 AM
2 children lost their father and this is what you have to say? SHAME ON YOU Martha.


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