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Man dies after car plunges into lake in Aurora

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A man died and another was hospitalized after their car plunged into a lake Thursday morning in a west suburban forest preserve.

At 8:03 a.m., Aurora firefighters responded to a call of a man trapped in a car in Lake Peterson in the Oakhurst Forest Preserve at 1680 5th Ave. in Aurora, according to a statement from the Kane County Forest Preserve District police.

Rafael Eulogio, 20; and an 18-year-old man, both from Aurora, drove down to the shore to watch the waves, police said. They thought the car was in park, but it rolled into the water, and Eulogio could not escape before it was submerged.

The driver was able to get out of the car and flag down another motorist, who called 911.

Eulogio was found by Aurora Fire Dept. divers at 8:16 a.m. and taken to the Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The other man was also taken to the hospital, but his condition was not available.

Authorities were able to remove the car from the lake, and were working to clean up the oil and chemicals in the lake from the incident as of early Thursday afternoon.