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NORWICH TOWNSHIP - Witnesses pulled a driver away from his burning vehicle, possibly saving his life, after a collision that occurred on Old Stage Road east of Highway 59 in Norwich Township around 6 a.m. Sunday May 13.

Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating the crash, that occurred when a four-door Pontiac Grand Prix left the roadway, collided with a tree and caught fire. Police, Oxford Centre firefighters and Oxford EMS responded to the scene, and the lone male occupant of the car was transported by air ambulance to London Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation unit attended and police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the collision. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to investigators to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

**Available for a limited time at http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/05/14/man-pulled-from-burning-car

A 19-year-old male was taken to the hospital with a head injury after he was involved in a car accident Sunday at the intersection of South Solon Road and Ringwood Road north of Johnsburg.

His small, red car was T-boned about 1:25 p.m. by a Chevrolet Suburban going west on Ringwood Road, said Mike Majercik, McHenry Township Fire Protection District battalion chief.

Majercik did not release the names of the people involved in the crash. Traffic at the intersection was shut down for about 20 minutes, he said.

The 19-year-old suffered a concussion, Majercik said. He was in fair condition when taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry. There were no other injuries.

Ringwood Road does not have stop signs at the intersection, but South Solon Road does, Majercik said.

**Available for a limited time at http://www.nwherald.com/2012/05/13/one-hurt-in-crash-north-of-johnsburg/ae6daq5/

A man who police said fell from the hood of a moving vehicle while attempting to retrieve stolen marijuana is now hospitalized in critical condition.

The Woodstock man, 26, had jumped onto the roof the car late Sunday while trying to stop another man who had fled with the pot without paying for it, authorities said. John C. Kurchina, 22, of the 8400 block of Illinois Route 120 in Woodstock, who left with the pot, according to police, was charged with theft. The woman who police said was driving the car, Hanna M. Schacht, 21, of the 13800 block of Sunset Ridge in Woodstock, was also charged with failure to report an accident with injuries.

The injured man at first tried to open the car door and then jumped on the roof but was thrown off when Schacht drove off, officials said.

WOODSTOCK - Charges against a woman accused in a hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of a Woodstock man have been upgraded, according to the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office.

Joseph A. Woodell died Saturday at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was 26.

Woodell was injured May 20 when he jumped onto the hood of a car after what authorities described as a drug deal that had gone awry.

Police said John C. Kurchina, 22, of Woodstock, had arranged to buy drugs at Woodell's home on Lawndale Ave. in Woodstock. Kurchina allegedly took an undisclosed amount of marijuana and fled without paying. Kurchina jumped into a nearby car driven by Hanna M. Schacht, 21, of Woodstock, and as she sped off, Woodell jumped on the car's hood in an attempt to stop the pair, police said.

Ordinances appearing in several McHenry County municipalities might change the way driving under the influence charges are negotiated in court.

Some DUI cases have a lack of evidence, leaving prosecutors wary of failing to get convictions at trial. Like most criminal cases, most DUI cases are resolved via pleas, and defendants and defense attorneys are hesitant to plead guilty to driving under the influence when the case is weak because of long-term consequences.

Prosecutors and defendants often settle on a reckless driving conviction during those negotiations, but that disposition is going out of vogue. A new “careless driving" violation carries lesser consequences than the Class B misdemeanor reckless driving charge, often reached during plea agreements for DUI cases. The violation has been added in at least four McHenry County municipalities and is up for a vote in at least four others.

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