BATAVIA TOWNSHIP – The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Friday morning on Deerpath Road, south of Mooseheart Road in Batavia Township.
Christopher Saumell, 27, of the 2400 block of Boxwood Lane, Aurora, died in the single-vehicle crash, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Kane County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said in an email that he did not know whether a seat belt was in use, but the driver was not ejected from the vehicle. The speed limit in the area is about 40 mph, he said.
An initial investigation indicates that, at about 8:15 a.m., a 2000 Jeep Cherokee was traveling north on Deerpath Road and, for an unknown reason, went onto the east shoulder, drove back across the road and struck a tree on the west side of the road, states the release. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and investigators are still working to determine the cause.
Saumell was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was transported to Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead.
The accident caused Deerpath Road to close between Mooseheart Road and Tanner Road until about 10 a.m. as the crash was investigated.