Deputies investigate four vehicle crash


On Feb. 5 at 12:43 p.m., the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, Forreston Fire Department, Forreston Ambulance, Polo Fire Department and the Polo Ambulance responded to a four car accident with unknown injuries on Illinois Route 26 at Haldane Road.
A white Ford Econoline van was northbound on Illinois Route 26 when it lost control on the snow covered roadway. The Ford Econoline van crossed over the roadway striking a white Chevrolet Malibu head on that was southbound on Route 26. A  black Jeep Patriot and silver Toyota Camry were southbound on Route 26 following the white Chevrolet Malibu. The Jeep turned into the west side ditch to avoid hitting the Malibu and Econoline van. The Camry turned towards the west side ditch striking the Jeep after experiencing white out conditions.
The driver of the Econoline van, Eddie J. Mathews, 62, of Oregon, Wisconsin, refused medical treatment. The driver of the Malibu, Micah D. Coffman, 21, of Sycamore, refused medical treatment. The driver of the Jeep, Elizabeth M. Strock, 22, of Sterling, refused medical treatment, and the driver of the Toyota, Seth M. Nelson, 19, of Forreston, also refused medical treatment.
The accident remains under investigation.
Feb. 6
On Feb. 6 at 1:16 a.m., Ogle County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of North Walnut Street for a traffic violation. After an investigation, Shaun Woodard, 53, of Byron, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Shaun was transported to the Ogle County Jail and held in lieu of bond.
On Feb. 6 at 3:35 p.m., deputies responded to Interstate 39 milemarker 107 southbound for a two vehicle crash. After a short investigation it was determined that a 2014 Chrysler driven by Jazmin Gray, 24, of Jackson, Tennessee, was traveling south on Interstate 39 and lost control on the snow covered road. Gray then collided with a 2004 Dodge truck driven by Randall Evans, 53, of Onalaska, Wisconsin. Tyija Walters, 32, of Joliet, a passenger in Gray’s vehicle, was transported to Rochelle Community Hospital for minor injuries.  Gray was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions. Deputies were assisted on scene by Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department and the Illinois State Police. 

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