Woman killed in Antioch Township crash identified

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An Arizona woman who police say was killed when her vehicle was struck from behind and then hit a tree in Antioch Township early Sunday has been identified by the Lake County coroner's office as Stephanie Dokken.

Coroner Howard Cooper said Monday that an autopsy confirmed the 27-year-old died of "multiple traumatic injuries related to the motor crash."

"Our sincerest condolences go out to (her) family," he said. Cooper added that the Youngstown, Ariz., resident was in the area to visit family over the holidays.

Lake County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Route 59 and Grass Lake Road at 1:37 a.m. Sunday for a multi-vehicle crash, according to Sgt. Christopher Covelli.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Dokken was driving a 2015 Chevrolet northbound on Route 59 just south of Grass Lake Road when a 2007 Volvo driven by a 41-year-old man from Antioch Township rear-ended Dokken's vehicle.

After the collision, both vehicles lost control and crashed into a tree. Dokken was pronounced dead at the scene, Covelli said.

According in information released by the sheriff's office, the driver of the Volvo fled the scene on foot and was tracked by one of the sheriff's police dogs to a location near his home. Covelli said charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation, which may take a few weeks because authorities are waiting for toxicology reports on the man's blood.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Technical Crash Investigation Unit was handling the investigation, and Antioch police assisted the night of the crash.

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