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Motorcyclist dies in semi collision

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2008

Traffic was backed up on IL Route 38 at Dement Road Wednesday morning following a motorcycle vs. semi truck crash near the I-39 interchange that claimed the life of a Rochelle man. Here, Rochelle Police Department personnel stop traffic as an ambulance races through the intersection en route to Rochelle Community Hospital. (Photo by John Shank)

ROCHELLE A Rochelle man died Wednesday morning and his wife was in critical condition following a motorcycle vs. semi truck accident on IL Route 38 near the I-39 exits.

Daniel B. Edwards, 60, Rochelle, died from injuries sustained in the collision, while Diane M. Edwards, 58, Rochelle, was airlifted to a Rockford hospital.

On April 23 at 7:42 a.m. the Rochelle Police Department was advised of a traffic crash near IL Route 38 and I-39 involving a motorcycle and a semi tractor-trailer.

The initial investigation indicates that the motorcycle was eastbound on IL Route 38 approaching the interchange with I-39. The westbound semi was turning off of IL Route 38 onto the I-39 southbound on ramp. The semi reportedly turned in front of the motorcycle and caused the crash.

The operator of the motorcycle, Daniel Edwards, was taken to Rochelle Community Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. The passenger on the motorcycle, Diane M. Edwards, was taken to Rochelle Community Hospital and then transferred via helicopter to Rockford Memorial Hospital. The driver of the semi, Gerald W. Hemker, 51, Germantown, was not injured in the crash.

Hemker was issued a citation for failing to yield turning left. His court date is set for May 28 in Oregon at 9 a.m. The Rochelle Police Department is being assisted by the Illinois State Police with this ongoing investigation.

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