Fatal Two-Car Collision In Unincorporated Hampshire Township

Fatal Two-Car Collision In Kane County

There was a fatal two-car collision Thursday night (May 4, 2017) in unincorporated Hampshire Township.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the May 5, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Hampshire High student killed in crash; distracted driving a possible cause“:

The crash occurred around 8:20 p.m. along Dietrich Road between Route 20 and Brier Hill Road. A 2005 Toyota Corolla traveling east on Dietrich Road was about to go over the crest of a hill when it crossed the centerline and went partially into the westbound lane, striking a 2005 Ford sport utility vehicle, authorities said.

The accident was a rollover accident in which both vehicles rolled over.

At the time of the crash, there were two teenagers in the Toyota and four in the Ford SUV.  All occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

All of the occupants in both vehicles were taken to hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as Brianna Soto, 17, of Pingree Grove, was pronounced dead at Centegra Hospital in Huntley.  An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen.

The five other occupants in the Toyota and Ford were treated for injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature and were released from the hospitals.

Two excerpts from the May 6 The Courier-News article (with remembrances) titled “Hampshire High student killed, 5 injured in crash“:

No tickets have been issued as the crash remains under investigation, but deputies believe distracted driving may have played a role. In a separate interview, Kane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Pat Gengler said officials know Soto was on her phone and believe it played a role in the crash.


Gengler said the stretch of road is particularly dangerous because of its hilly nature. It is often referred to as a “roller coaster road,” he said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Kane County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Kane County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Daily Herald and The Courier-News article mentioned above.


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