KANEVILLE TOWNSHIP – A 32-year-old woman from Cortland was killed in a traffic crash shortly before noon today near the intersection of Route 38 and Watson Road near Maple Park, police said.
Shanay Martin was pronounced dead at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Kane County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said.
According to an initial investigation, Martin was driving a 2000 Mercury Marquis west on Route 38 east of Watson Road in Kaneville Township, approaching a line of stopped cars waiting for a vehicle to turn south onto Watson Road, Gengler said in a prepared statement.
In an effort to avoid striking the rear of the last car stopped in the line of traffic, the Mercury crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic and was struck by a 1987 Chevrolet pickup traveling east on Route 38, according to the statement.
Watson's car crossed the center line, but started to veer off the road. It was hit by the pickup, not head-on, but to the passenger side of her car, Gengler said in an email.
The driver of the pickup, Benjamin Frerichs, 35, of Maple Park, was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, according to the statement.
Gengler said in an email that at least one of the cars in the line of traffic was waiting to turn onto Watson Road to go to Kuipers Family Farm. Kuipers features pumpkins, apples and fall events.
The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. The Kane County Office of Emergency Management and Elburn Police assisted deputies at the scene.