Rockford Scanner™: Man Dies In Cherry Valley, After Wheelchair Stuck In Water



A 25-year-old man from Rockford was traveling on the Cherry Valley Path near Cherry Valley Woods Dr. in Cherry Valley. Police were called to the area around 6:30 Thursday night when his motorized wheelchair got caught in water.

Part of the path goes under Interstate 39, the man was traveling under I-39 when he ran into some standing, runoff water and got stuck in the water.

Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says he could not get himself free from the water/wheelchair due to being strapped into his motorized wheelchair.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be released later today.

His name has not been released. but police are asking for your help in the investigation.

If you saw a 25-year-old Hispanic man in a motorized wheelchair in the neighborhoods around Harrison Avenue and Mulford Road, you’re asked to call the Cherry Valley Police Department at 815-332-3432 or 815-282-2600. Or, Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.