Round Lake man charged in crash that killed his mother

Updated 11/9/2021 9:23 AM

McHenry County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old Round Lake man with reckless homicide in a June 17 crash in McHenry that killed his mother.

Emmet J. Zywiec, of Round Lake, is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in connection. A warrant was issued for Zywiec's arrest on Monday. He was not yet in police custody early Monday afternoon.


Zywiec's mother Gabrielle Zywiec, 52, of Wonder Lake, was a passenger in the car that her son was driving east on Elm Street at Curran Road when the crash occurred, according to court records.

It was just after 4 p.m. when Emmet Zywiec disobeyed a red light and entered the intersection in a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, court records show. The Ford collided with a 2012 Hyundai Veloster that was attempting a left turn to travel south on Curran Road.

Emmet Zywiec was driving 82 mph in a 45 mph zone when the crash occurred, according to the criminal complaint.

Gabrielle Zywiec was flown by Lifenet McHenry to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where she died.

Two people in the Hyundai were treated at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

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