Ogle County Sheriff’s Report: May 17-19


OREGON — On May 17 at approximately 6:38 p.m. deputies along with Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire/EMS personnel responded to the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Maple Street in Davis Junction for a two-vehicle accident with injuries. After investigation, it was determined that a blue 2017 Toyota Tacoma being driving by Robert Hoovler, 66, of Davis Junction, was traveling westbound on Chicago Avenue approaching Maple Street. At that time, a black 2008 Mercedes-Benz S550, being driven by Stephanie Smith, 43, of Rockford, failed to yield the right of way while traveling north on Maple Street through the intersection. The Toyota struck the Mercedes-Benz on the passenger side causing disabling damage to both vehicles. Hoovler and a single occupant of the Tacoma were uninjured. Smith and single occupant of the Mercedes-Benz were transported to a nearby hospital for suspected minor injuries. Smith was issued a citation for failure to yield at an intersection and given a return court date. 

On May 18 at 5:35 p.m. deputies conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 39 at mile marker 111 southbound for an equipment violation. After an investigation Willie Dotson, 56, of Beloit, Wisconsin, was arrested for driving while license suspended. Dotson was also cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no front license plate. Dotson was released on a signature I-Bond with a return court date.

On May 19 at 6:43 a.m. deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries that occurred in the 13,000 block of West Milledgeville Road. Upon arrival, deputies determined that a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica had been eastbound on Milledgeville Road and had crossed the centerline and collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet 1500 pickup, which had been westbound. The Polo Fire Department and Ambulance and the Milledgeville Fire Department responded to the scene to extricate and treat the occupants of both vehicles and also to extinguish a fire that occurred in the Chrysler after the collision. The driver and only occupant of the Chevrolet, Thomas B. Knipple, 31, of Polo, was transported by the Polo Ambulance to KSB Hospital in Dixon and was later flown to OSF St. Anthony's Hospital by Life Flight helicopter for treatment of serious injuries. The driver and only occupant of the Chrysler, a 37-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle County Coroner. The driver's name is not being released at this time pending the notification of family members and will be released at a later date.  The crash remains under investigation. 

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