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Barrington teen crashes car; police say speed a factor

Car catches fire following crash; teen suffers burns

Posted 7/1/20

An 18-year-old Barrington resident survived a serious car accident early Tuesday morning, June 30.

Police said the teenager was driving an Audi SUV south down Washington Road at about 2 a.m. when …

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Barrington teen crashes car; police say speed a factor

Car catches fire following crash; teen suffers burns

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An 18-year-old Barrington resident survived a serious car accident early Tuesday morning, June 30.

Police said the teenager was driving an Audi SUV south down Washington Road at about 2 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, slid sideways across the road for a couple hundred feet before slamming through a utility pole and crashing to a stop in a wooded area.

The vehicle was badly damaged and caught fire.

Police received a 911 call at 2:08 a.m., and upon arriving at the scene spotted the teenager standing in the road. EMTs transported the teen to a hospital for burns he suffered during the crash.

Barrington Police Chief Dino DeCrescenzo said no one else was in the vehicle aside from the driver.

"If there were any others, they'd be dead," the chief said.

Police said the vehicle was exceeding the speed limit at the time of the accident.

There has been a rising concern about reckless driving and speeding vehicles in town for the last few weeks. Police said they have seen a definite increase in bad driving — speeding, reckless driving, running stop signs, etc. Other residents have noticed it too.

"We're getting a lot of calls from people. They're seeing cars flying up the road," Chief DeCrescenzo said.

The chief added that he simply does not have enough officers to fulfill the requests for increased traffic patrols and radar posts. Chief DeCrescenzo is reminding motorists that they need to obey the speed limits and drive more carefully.

Meanwhile, some parents are using apps to monitor their children's speeds while driving.

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