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Woman Dies Pushing Husband Out of Path of Oncoming Truck

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An Illinois woman died after pushing her husband out of the way of an oncoming truck, according to the local coroner’s office.

The incident happened in the city of Elgin, to the west of Chicago, on Monday evening, when victim Katarzyna Kurek-Polk and her spouse were traveling by car.

They stopped their vehicle to check on a young female driver who had reportedly lost control after hitting a guardrail.

A truck then approached the group. Kurek-Polk managed to push her husband out of the way but was struck herself.

She was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

In a statement, the Kane County Coroner’s Office said: “At about 11:15 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2021 the Kane County Coroner’s office received a call from Arnita St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin regarding a death.

“The decedent was identified as Katarzyna Kurek-Polk, 37 years of age, of Elburn. Katarzyna and her spouse were driving close to the intersection of McLean Road and Route 20 in Elgin when she and her husband stopped to check on a motorist who had run off the road.

“As she was standing along the roadway, a truck came toward them. Katarzyna pushed her husband out of the way and she was hit by the truck.

“Katarzyna was transported to Arnita St. Joseph Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

“Katarzyna was transported to the Kane County morgue where an autopsy was performed on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

“The preliminary cause of death was blunt force trauma caused by being struck by the truck. Toxicology samples were collected and sent to a forensic lab for further analysis.

“The Kane County Coroner’s Office is cooperating with Elgin Police Department in the further investigation of this incident.”

The Liberty Buzz contacted the Kane County Coroner’s Office for further details.

File photo of emergency services in action. Fatalities from road crashes in Illinois have risen in recent years, from a low of 911 in 2009 to 1,035 in 2018.
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Fatalities from road crashes in Illinois have risen in recent years, from a low of 911 in 2009 to 1,035 in 2018.

A total of 319,146 crashes occurred on Illinois roads that year.

“Although the number of fatal crashes was down, there was a 0.7 percent increase in the number of injuries,” said Acting Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Omer Osman at the time.

“The sheer volume of these figures makes it clear that our work is far from done.”

That year, the last for which road fatality data is available, Illinois launched a safety campaign, Life or Death Illinois, that sought to promote safe driving behaviors by sharing video memories of Illinoisans who lost their lives to fatal accidents.

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