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Illinois State Police Released The Following Information:
ISP FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT
The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 16
Two Unit Fatal Traffic Crash
U.S. Route 20 westbound west of Salem Road, Stephenson County
WHEN: Aug. 26, 2021 at approximately 5:50 a.m.
Unit 1- 2008 Gold Dodge Caravan
Unit 2- 2013 Gray Hyundai Elantra
Unit 1- Dennis D. Koester, 63-year-old male of Lena, IL (Transported by helicopter to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries)
Unit 2- Kathy M. Rinehart, 47-year-old female of Freeport, IL (Deceased)
A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling eastbound and Unit 2 was traveling westbound, on U.S. Route 20 west of Salem Road. Unit 1 crossed the center line and entered the westbound lane of traffic. The front end of Unit 1 struck the front end of Unit 2. U.S. Route 20 was closed in both directions for the traffic crash investigation; all lanes were reopened at approximately 9:20 a.m. There is no further information available.
The public is reminded all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Officials Confirm Anything or Release Information: No, Not at this time.
Credit/Sources: Wanted to remain anonymous.