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Driver issued citations in fatal New Lenox crash

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A driver has been issued citations for a crash that left a man dead last week in southwest suburban New Lenox.

Deputies were sent to the crash at 8:48 a.m. March 31 on Schoolhouse Road just north of U.S. 30, according to the Will County sheriff’s office. They arrived to find a Chevrolet Silverado with a trailer attached in a ditch on the west side of the road, and a Subaru facing south on Schoolhouse against the guardrail on the east side of the road.

Mark A. Nelson, 40, of Frankfort, was pinned in the driver’s seat of the Subaru and had to be removed by firefighters, the Will County coroner’s and sheriff’s offices said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy Saturday determined he suffered multiple injuries in the crash.

The 42-year-old driver of the Silverado and his passenger, a 30-year-old man, were treated by paramedics at the scene, but declined to be taken to a hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

Initial reports indicated the driver of the Silverado, 42-year-old Tomas Rico of Blue Island, may have lost control before it struck the Subaru, the sheriff’s office said. Rico was issued citations for improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, no safety sticker and overweight size, weight, load violation.