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Tyler Johnson Obituary, Driver killed in stolen car crash in Newport Township identified

Tyler Johnson Obituary, – A high-speed pursuit originating in Wisconsin and concluding in the northern suburbs of Chicago resulted in a fatal collision on Saturday afternoon, as reported by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Initial findings from law enforcement indicate that a 32-year-old man from Salem, Wisconsin was operating a stolen Lexus GS400 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin around 4:30 p.m.

The individual evaded authorities at a high velocity, prompting a Pleasant Prairie police officer to engage in pursuit of the vehicle using a tire iron near the intersection of Kilbourne Road and Russell Road in the unincorporated Zion area. Subsequently, the man continued to drive recklessly, running a red light at the intersection of Kilbourne Road and Route 173 in Newport Township, resulting in a collision with a GMC Yukon.

Tragically, the driver of the Lexus lost his life in the crash, with no other occupants in the vehicle. Eight individuals in the GMC sustained injuries. A 51-year-old passenger suffered severe injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The driver of the GMC, a 30-year-old man, along with six other passengers — a 20-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man, a 15-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl, and an 8-year-old girl — all sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

The deceased driver of the Lexus has been identified as 32-year-old Tyler Johnson from Salem, Wisconsin. Autopsy results from the Lake County coroner’s office indicate that Johnson succumbed to blunt force trauma sustained in the crash.

The sheriff’s office revealed that Johnson had a suspended driver’s license, an active warrant in Lake County for methamphetamine possession, and was a suspect in multiple burglaries in the vicinity. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Team is currently conducting an inquiry into the incident.

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