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Police: Woman who died after Crest Hill car crash thought she had a heart attack

A 74-year-old New Lenox woman who died more than a week after she was involved in a car crash in Crest Hill had reportedly told police she thought she was having a heart attack before the incident.

Patricia Czerwinski was driving a Nissan Altima on Renwick Road near Borio Drive on July 1, when she struck another vehicle, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. Czerwinski died Tuesday at Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Crest Hill Deputy Police Chief Anthony Rossetti said Czerwinski was at fault in the crash because she drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck a white Chevrolet Traverse. Two witnesses told police they also saw Czerwinski drift into the other lane, Rossetti said.

Czerwinski was still conscious after the crash and she told responding officers that she thought she was having a heart attack, Rossetti said.

Czerwinski was driving west on Renwick Road when she drifted into the eastbound lane, Rossetti said. Czerwinski’s car had heavy front end damage from the crash, he said.

The other car was driven by a woman in her late 50s, Rossetti said. He said he didn’t know the woman’s condition but that she was also taken to the Joliet hospital.

Rossetti said the Crest Hill police are still investigating the incident.

Will County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Revis said Czerwinski’s death is still under investigation. Revis said the coroner’s office plans to review her hospital records.

Czerwinski was described in her obituary as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who was active at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Lenox and was a member of the church’s Women’s League.

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