Illinois State Police Released The Following Information On A Fatal Accident



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Brief Synopsis:  

Illinois State Police Released The Following Information:


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.
Pending Investigation
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.