SUGAR GROVE – A 54-year-old Aurora man who died Monday night after he was struck by a pickup truck while walking on Jericho Road near Sugar Grove was himself involved in a crash earlier that night.
Dean Craig died in the incident, which took place at 7:40 p.m. between the intersection of Dugan and Ashe roads in Sugar Grove Township, according to a news release issued by the Kane County Sheriff's Department.
According to the report, Craig was walking east on Jericho Road when he was hit by a Toyota Tundra driven by Joseph Morgan, 25, of Plano. The roadway where the incident took place is a country road with no lighting, and a 55 mph speed limit, according to the report.
Craig was walking in the area after he was involved in an earlier traffic crash at about 6 p.m., the Sheriff's Department said. In that crash, Craig had told Sheriff's Department officials that he was traveling north on Dugan Road just south of Granart Road, and made a left turn into a driveway of a residence to turn around.
As he attempted to make that turn, he turned in front of a vehicle that was traveling south on Dugan Road. In that crash, both vehicles had to be towed because of the damage, but there were no injuries, the Sheriff's Department said.
Craig was offered a ride by the Sheriff's Deputy who handled that crash, but he declined, saying a friend was picking him up. No citations were issued in that crash.
The second crash occurred about a half-hour after the investigation into the firsh crash was completed, the Sheriff's Department said.
Morgan, who was the only person in the truck, was not injured. Craig died at the scene. Jericho Road was closed between Ashe and Dugan roads for three hours during the investigation.
The crash remains under investigation by members of the sheriff's office and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team. At this time, no citations have been issued.