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1 dead, 1 injured in ATV crash in Lake County Forest Preserve

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One person died and another was injured in an ATV crash early Sunday in a Lake County Forest Preserve in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove.

At 12:55 a.m., the Buffalo Grove and Wheeling fire departments responded to a report of an all-terrain vehicle crash at the northeast corner of the forest preserve, according to the Buffalo Grove Fire Department.

A female passenger on the ATV said she felt like she was going to pass out, according to the department. Both fire departments and the Lake County sheriff’s office began a search and found two people on the path behind 301 N. Riverwalk Dr., just south of the Lake Cook path bridge.

The driver of the ATV, 35-year-old William McPherron, was in traumatic cardiac arrest when he was found, according to the Lake County coroner’s office.

McPherron, of Deerfield, was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, authorities said. An autopsy found that he died of multiple traumatic injuries from the crash.

The female passenger was taken to Condell with minor injuries.