Authorities Identify Crystal Lake Man, 43, Killed In 3-Car Crash

One person died and three people were hospitalized following the rush-hour crash at Pyott and Rakow roads.

Update, 1:45 p.m.:

The McHenry County Coroner's office released the identity of the victim who was killed in a three-car crash Monday in Crystal Lake that also injured three people.

John J. Moore, 43, of Crystal Lake, was pronounced dead at 5:49 p.m. Monday, according to McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski.

Moore died of injuries sustained during the crash, according to Majewski.

Original story: 

Crystal Lake police released the names of three people who were injured following a three-car crash at Pyott and Rakow roads Monday evening.

The name of one person who died after the crash is expected to be released sometime Tuesday, following an autopsy, according to the McHenry County Coroner's Office.

Paul A. Melull, 60, of Lake in the Hills, was driving a four-door Honda southbound on Pyott Road from Rakow Road when it crossed into the northbound lane and crashed head-on into a four-door Honda, according to police. The driver of the Honda died, police said, while Melull was transported to Centegra-Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, with life-threatening injuries. Police said he has since been transferred to Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford. 

Josue E. Moctezuma, 27, and Luz Citlali-Ramirez, 27, both of Crystal Lake, were driving a Chevrolet Tahoe that was traveling south on Pyott Road before it collided with the Honda, according to police. Both were transported to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with non-life threatening injuries, and have been treated and released, police said. 

The Crystal Lake Police Department and McHenry County Coroner's Office are still investigating the incident and interviewing witnesses and survivors of the crash. No charges had been filed as of Monday night, according to police.


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