Man in wheelchair fatally struck by vehicle in unincorporated McHenry

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A man in a wheelchair was fatally struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon in unincorporated northwest suburban McHenry.

The 2016 Subaru Forester was heading east in the 700 block of Ringwood Road at 1:24 p.m. when it struck the motorized wheelchair, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.

William Roy Schmidt, a 62-year-old man from rural McHenry who used a wheelchair, was taken to Centegra Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35 p.m, according to the McHenry County coroner’s office.

An autopsy Monday found that Schmidt died from blunt force trauma to his chest and extremities, the coroner’s office said.

The driver of the Subaru, a 65-year-old man, was also taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry with minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Both the man in the wheelchair and the driver of the Subaru were wearing their seat belts, according to the sheriff’s office.

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