BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – A member of the Gould Cider and Apple Pressing Mill family in Elburn was pronounced dead after a traffic incident Thursday that took place about a mile from her home.
Marilyn Gould, 49, was pronounced dead at approximately 5 a.m., shortly after Kane County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Green Road south of Main Street in Blackberry Township. The accident occurred near Gould’s residence in the 2S200 block of Green Road in Elburn.
Along with her family, Gould helped run the Gould Cider and Apple Pressing Mill, which has been in the Gould family for six generations, according to information on the business’s website.
Dave Anderson, village president of Elburn, described Gould as a hard worker and a “very, very friendly person.”
“They’re great people. It’s very, very sad,” he said. “The Goulds have been an integral part of the Elburn community for a long time. She will be missed.”
According to a news release, the initial investigation indicates that a Chevy Traverse SUV was traveling south on Green Road and – for an unknown reason – left the road. The vehicle came back onto Green Road and went off the road on its west side. It again came back onto the road, crossed Green Road and came to a rest near a tree on the road’s east side, states the release.
The release also stated that Gould was not wearing a seat belt. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the incident, which appeared to have occurred at some point overnight.
Lt. Pat Gengler, the spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, said a passer-by notified police of the incident around 5 a.m.
Gengler said he wasn’t sure how long the investigation would take, as the scene had no witnesses. He said if the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team decides to do a full reconstruction, the investigation could take as long as a month. He said deputies are still not sure if Thursday’s rainy weather had anything to do with the incident.
For now, Gengler said, deputies are talking with family members to find out what might have happened.
“When there’s a single-car crash with one person involved, we try to give the family a little more time instead of pushing them for answers right away,” he said.