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Update from the Winnebago County Coroner Office:
FATAL ACCIDENT: On Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, shortly after 2:00 a.m. Rockford Police Officers responded to the area of Kishwaukee Street and Brooke Road in reference to a serious traffic crash. Based on the information available at this time, it appears that a vehicle traveling southbound on Kishwaukee Street at a high rate of speed disobeyed the red light at the intersection and struck another vehicle that was westbound on Brooke Road. Following the crash, the suspect vehicle caught fire.
One of the occupants of the suspect vehicle, a 45-year-old adult male, was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene. A 50-year-old adult female occupant escaped the suspect vehicle on her own, while a third occupant, a 46-year-old adult male, had to be pulled from the burning vehicle by officers. Both the surviving occupants were transported to a local hospital. The female’s injuries are serious, but non-life-threatening. The male is in critical condition.
The two occupants of the victim vehicle were unharmed. The names of the individuals involved are not being released at this time.
Investigators from the Traffic Unit are conducting a follow-up investigation into the crash. Further details will be released should they become available.
Sources said this stemmed from a police chase, but not confirmed.
Sources are reporting a fatal accident in Rockford overnight.
It happened near Kishwaukee and Brooke rd around 2 am
At least one person is confirmed dead. Two others are injured.
Sources said vehicle going southbound on Kishwaukee failed to stop for the red light at the intersection and crashed into another vehicle that was westbound on Brooke.
It appears from witnesses at the scene, one person my have been ejected from a vehicle. Or a pedestrian was hit. The dead body was located outside near the Grant Park Tap sign, just underneath the sign.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
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RPD said this on the accident: Rockford Police advises you to AVOID the 3000 block of Kishwaukee St due to a current traffic issue. A vehicle crash near Kishwaukee St and Brooke Rd has closed Kishwaukee St and will require a detour of traffic for the next several hours.
Rockford Police advises you to AVOID the 3000 block of Kishwaukee St due to a current traffic issue. A vehicle crash near Kishwaukee St and Brooke Rd has closed Kishwaukee St and will require a detour of traffic for the next several hours.
Kishwaukee St will remain closed around the crash scene as COMED replaces a downed pole and electrical lines.