Two young women were pulled from a car that struck a large tree next to a driveway at 227 N. Bennett Street in Geneva after hurtling across Route 25 and crashing at a high rate of speed around 10:30 a.m. Friday, a witness and Geneva police said.
As of 10:45 a.m. the driver of the vehicle had been extricated and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora while firefighters worked to free the passenger.
The passenger was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove via a medical helicopter that landed on Geneva's State Street bridge and took off around 11:20 a.m.
A witness to the crash said she was driving her motorcycle north on Route 25—Bennett Street in Geneva—when she saw the red car come down the hill at Dodson Street at a high rate of speed, run across Route 25, winding up wedged between a tree and a sharply sloping driveway on the opposite side of the street.
"It appeared that they were gaining speed, if anything, going down the hill," said the witness, who said she would prefer not to give her name. "They were right in front of me, and I stopped immediately. I'm just glad they appear to be all right. Selfishly, I'm glad I wasn't 3 seconds faster."
Geneva police Cmdr. Eric Passerelli said the women were in their 20s. His press release confirmed the witness' account.
"Based upon the initial investigation, it appears as if the vehicle was travelling west on Dodson Street, crossed Route 25, and struck a tree off of the roadway on the west side of Route 25," the press release said.
The medical helicopter held up traffic downtown; Route 25 was closed while the scene was cleared.
"The names of the occupants of the vehicle are not being released at this time pending notification of family members," Passerelli said in the press release issued around 2 p.m.
The Geneva Police Department is assisted with the investigation by the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team (KCART).