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Autopsy pending in fatal Huntley crash that may have been intentional

A man was killed in what might have been an intentional crash early Friday in northwest suburban Huntley, but autopsy results are still pending.

A 2002 Honda CRV struck a pole as it was traveling west on Freeman Road near Route 47 about 4:50 a.m., Huntley police said. The vehicle flipped onto its side and ended up in the southbound lanes of Route 47, leaving the driver dead.

He was identified as 56-year-old David C. Flight, who lived in unincorporated Gilberts, police said.

Upon further investigation, police determined an earlier crash in the area was related to the fatal crash. Officers had been called to Freeman Road and Factory Shops Boulevard at 4:37 a.m. after a 2003 Saturn struck a traffic signal, then continued off the road and across a frozen pond.

When officers arrived, they found the car unoccupied with heavy front-end damage. Later, it was learned that the Saturn and the Honda from the later crash were registered to the same address about two miles from the first crash scene, police said.

Investigators located the registered owners of both vehicles, who said their keys were missing, police said. A family member was thought to have taken them.

Flight had the keys to both vehicles in his possession, according to police. He lived at the address that the vehicles were registered to, but did not legally own them.

Both crashes were high-speed impact collisions, and investigators are considering the possibility they may have been intentional. The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team was called in to assist with the investigation.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday and preliminary findings found Flight died of multiple injuries from an SUV striking a fixed object, according to the Kane County coroner’s office.

Toxicology samples were sent to a forensic laboratory, and the official cause of death is pending further investigation and toxicology results.