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Driver may have passed out prior to fatal Waukegan crash


A motorist may have suffered a medical event before his vehicle hit another car head-on Wednesday morning, killing a 4-year-old Zion boy, Waukegan police said Friday.

The driver, a 37-year-old Waukegan man, underwent surgery for his injuries following the accident in which Kaleb Hardge was killed, police said.

The accident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Sunset Avenue, near the intersection with Kellogg Avenue.

Police said the man was driving a Silver Kia east on Sunset when he veered across the center line and hit a westbound Chevrolet Equinox driven by Hardge’s mother, 37.

The child was in a booster seat, but suffered critical injuries. He was brought to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. His mother suffered a laceration and head trauma and was treated at a hospital, police said.

The Kia driver told police that he was having a medical issue and may have passed out in the moments before the collision, police said. The driver has cooperated with authorities, and initial toxicology tests did not show signs of drugs or alcohol, police said.

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