Popular Waukegan woman dies after being struck by vehicle in Gurnee

Above, Grove Avenue near Delany Road in Gurnee was the site of a fatal car crash on July 20. – Tina Johansson/theYOUjournal

by Tina Johansson

A two-vehicle crash in Gurnee early Wednesday morning resulted in the death of 58-year-old Theresa Dowe of Waukegan who was walking on the sidewalk of a small industrial park, west of Delany Road.

The accident occurred in front of the MinusNine Technologies company at 4190 Grove Avenue.  

I learned so much from her and respected how she climbed the ladder (herself). She made me want to be a better news person. – Laura Cisneroz

According to Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo, Dowe died of multiple tramatic injuries due to the motor vehicle crash when she was struck while on a sidewalk. She was pronounced dead at 9:12 a.m. at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

People have been sharing their memories of Dowe since finding out about the bad news.

Laura Kuhayda Cisneroz of Lake Villa worked at local newspaper the News-Sun for 22 years, part of that time alongside Dowe, whom everyone knew as “Terri.”

Dowe became Cizneroz’s mentor and helped her while she worked in the advertising division, all the way to becoming manager of the art department.

“I am so sad to hear the news of the passing of one of the first strong women in my life who helped shape my career at the newspaper,” she said. Dowe gave her valuable advice and guidance along the way, she said. “I learned so much from her and respected how she climbed the ladder (herself). She made me want to be a better news person.”

Preliminary reports state that a 2000 BMW and a 2010 Chevrolet SUV collided when one of the drivers made a left turn off Grove Avenue, causing the other driver to swerve, sometime around 7:41 a.m. July 20 at Grove Avenue near Delany Road, according to Deputy Chief William Meyer of the Gurnee Police Department.

The names of the drivers have not yet been released pending further investigation, said Meyer.

Deputy Police Chief Meyer said his office is working with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office to see what, if any charges will be leveled against either of the drivers.

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