Man in critical condition after driving into Algonquin pond

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(ALGONQUIN) A northwest suburban man is in critical condition after he drove his car into a pond Wednesday morning in Algonquin.

Someone driving in the 1900 block of Randall Road near Algonquin Commons saw the Honda go into the pond a few minutes before 11 a.m., according to Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Steve Kuzynowski.

A firefighter jumped into the pond, broke the Honda’s sunroof and pulled 57-year-old Paul Mellor out of the vehicle, Kuzynowski said.

Mellor, who lives in Algonquin, was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin where he remains in critical condition early Thursday, according to hospital spokesperson Tonya Lucchetti-Hudson.

Police have not yet been able to talk to Mellor to determine how the car ended up in the pond, Kuzynowski said.

“The only witness we really have is the person who was driving down Randall Road and they saw the car go in from the parking lot,” Kuzynowski said.

Algonquin police are investigating.

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