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Wisconsin woman killed in crash

Updated: April 2, 2011 5:36PM



A power outage that knocked out the traffic lights at routes 41 and 173 in Wadsworth was the cause of an accident Tuesday night that killed a 22-year-old Wisconsin woman.

Giselle McComb, 22, of the 11200 block of 9th Avenue in Pleasant Prairie, was traveling westbound on Route 173 in a 1999 Nissan Ultima at 7:20 p.m. and entered the intersection without stopping.

A 1999 Peterbilt semi-tractor trailer driven by Jose Luis Bugarin, 51, of Indiana was northbound on Route 41 and apparently saw the Nissan at the last minute and tried to stop but plowed into the driver’s-side door. The impact ushed the vehicle into the southbound lanes of Route 41, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Joe Donaubaur, 35, of Lake Villa was eastbound on Route 173 going to Zion for work when he witnessed the accident.

“When I got there she was gone. She must of died instantly. (Rescue personnel) had to cut the door off to get her out...It’s a shame,” he said.

Donaubaur noted that the victim was wearing her seat belt and the air bags had deployed.

Sheriff’s police said a blood and urine sample were taken from the truck driver.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller said the victim was taken to Vista Medical Center East, Waukegan, by Newport Fire Protection District ambulance where she was pronounced dead.

A ComEd spokesman said the power outage was most likely caused by a branch making contact with the lines because they could not find any equipment failures along Route 173. Traffic lights were out at Route 173 and Route 45, Hunt Club Road, Route 41 and Delany Road. The outage lasted from 7:10 p.m. to 10:05 p.m., according to the spokesman.

The investigation is continuing, according to the sheriff’s office, which advised motorists that when traffic lights are out at an intersection it should be considered a four-way stop and everyone must stop.



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