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Geneva electric superintendent Buffington dies in crash

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 12:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 2:22 p.m. CDT
Michael Buffington

SUGAR GROVE – Geneva's electric superintendent Michael Buffington was killed in a car crash Thursday night in Sugar Grove, officials confirmed.

Buffington, 64, of Geneva, was driving a Ford Taurus and apparently rolled through a stop sign at the top of the Route 47 exit ramp from I-88, turning left to head north, Sugar Grove Police Chief Patrick Rollins said.

Buffington's car was struck on the driver's side by an oncoming Chevrolet Trailblazer, which did not have to stop, Rollins said.

The speed limit there is 55 mph, Rollins said, but he did not know how fast the Trailblazer was traveling, as the crash probe is continuing.

Three occupants of the Trailblazer, a 46-year-old Sugar Grove woman and two sons, ages 12 and 14, were taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred about 9 p.m., and Buffington was pronounced dead at the scene, Rollins said.

"We are devastated," Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns wrote in a text. "Mike's service was exemplary, and his commitment to the community evident in the pride he had in his work. Our thoughts are with his wife Jaci, their children and grandchildren during this unimaginable time."

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said an autopsy for Buffington is scheduled Saturday at the DuPage County Coroner's office in Wheaton.

"We don't know if he had some kind of event beforehand," Russell said, referring to the possibility that Buffington might have had a heart attack or some other medical issue.

"This was a tragic accident for all involved," Rollins said. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved."

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