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Prophetstown man cited in local crash

A Prophetstown man was cited for improper passing Wednesday after he ran into a semitrailer at state Route 30 and Hoyle Road in Lee County.

Sheriff’s deputies responded about 10:08 a.m.

Jimmie Bear, 43, of Stockton, was eastbound in hs semitrailer when he began to turn left on Hoyle. Thomas Smessaert, 60, of Prophetstown, who was trying to pass a pickup, hit the front end of the semi and wound up in a ditch, deputies said.

He was not injured. His passenger, Debra Smessaert, 59, was taken to CGH Medical Center in Sterling with a pre-existing injury, deputies said.

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