The Kane County Sheriff’s Office said a large duck or bird might have caused a driver to lose control of his vehicle early this morning (Thursday, June 6, 2019) on Plank Road, killing the driver and injuring his passenger.
According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies responded at around 12:35 a.m. to a report of a traffic crash with injuries on Plank Road between Switzer Road and Russell Road in unincorporated Plato Township.
The initial investigation indicates that a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Aaron Beason, 20, of Burlington was traveling east on Plank Road when Beason tried to avoid a large bird or duck that was in the road.
Investigators said Beason lost control of the Impala, causing it to roll over several times.
The Sheriff’s Office said Beason was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. His passenger, 20-year-old Semaj Jackson of Burlington, was wearing a seat belt and was not ejected from the vehicle.
Both were transported to AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where Beason was pronounced deceased. Jackson sustained minor injuries, officials said.
The crash remains under investigation by sheriff’s detectives and members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team.
Plank Road was closed between Switzer Road and Russell Road for about three hours while the crash was investigated.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release