GENOA – Three people were taken to the hospital after their car crashed and burst into flames Wednesday morning in Genoa.
Derek D. Thompson, 33, of the 300 block of Orchard Lane in Braidwood was driving south on Genoa Road north of Melms Road in a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu with passengers Gianna M. Marzullo, 26, of the 8500 block of South Burley Avenue in Chicago and Desire M. McClinton, 37, of the 4600 block of South Indiana Avenue in Chicago.
At 7:16 a.m. Wednesday, the car hit the shoulder of the road, crossed the center line, hit a tree in an east ditch and spun out and burst into flames, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office news release. Passersby pulled one of the car’s occupants out of the car as it was burning and the others were able to exit the car by themselves, the release said.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Burgh said Marzullo was airlifted to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford while Thompson and McClinton were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony. He said none of the three people involved in the crash had life-threatening injuries.
“[Thompson’s] injuries are at least bad enough where they’re going to keep him in the hospital overnight,” Burgh said.
Thompson told police he was distracted inside the vehicle and drove onto the shoulder when he overcorrected and drove off the road, the release said. Burgh said the deputy on the scene went to the hospital to question Thompson to determine whether to file charges.
Thompson was charged with driving under the influence, driving without insurance and driving in the wrong lane. Burgh said Thompson was arrested for the charges and released at the hospital on his own signature.
The nursing supervisor on staff at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford said Thompson and Marzullo are in fair condition as of Wednesday afternoon. She said she did not see McClinton in their system and it is not clear whether that means she has been treated and released.