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3 killed when car crashes into ravine in McHenry County

Three people were killed when a car crashed down a ravine Friday afternoon in the northwest suburbs.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the Chevrolet Camaro was going southbound in the 1300 block of South Lily Lake Road in unincorporated Nunda Township when it veered off the road after passing through a slight right curve, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.

The car hit multiple trees before coming to a rest on its driver side against another tree in the wet ravine, police said.

The driver, 18-year-old McHenry resident James Seward, and backseat passenger Kelly Cronin, an 18-year-old from Island lake, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the McHenry County coroner’s office.

Promise Williams, another 18-year-old woman from Holiday Hills, was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry, where she was pronounced dead about two hours later, authorities said. Police said Williams, who had been sitting in the front passenger seat, was the owner of the car.

They were all wearing seat belts and the front airbags deployed, police said.

Autopsies and toxicology tests are pending, the coroner’s office said. McHenry County sheriff’s police are investigating.