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Dragging victim dies

Woman taken off life support Thursday

DIXON – A Dixon woman dragged by a car last week died early Friday morning, police said.

Kimberly Landwer, 25, was taken off life support at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria about 3 p.m. Thursday and died about 4:15 a.m. Friday, Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said.

Landwer was dragged and her torso run over about 7 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of East Seventh Street in Dixon, police said.

Keith J. Shomaker, 19, of Dixon, whom police say was driving the car involved, was charged in the crime. Earlier this week, Sacco-Miller said Shomaker could face a reckless homicide charge if Landwer didn't survive.

On Friday, Sacco-Miller said she was awaiting the results of the investigation to determine Shomaker's exact charges.

"The charges will be much more serious than what he is facing," she said.

According to police, Landwer and a 23-year-old Dixon man were in the car in the Hometown Pantry parking lot; an argument ensued, and Landwer and the man got out of the car. She leaned into the front passenger-side window and Shomaker drove off; she lost her grip and fell, striking her head on the road and falling under the car.

Shomaker was arrested Sunday when he came to the Dixon Police Department to discuss the incident.

He was in the Lee County Jail on Tuesday on a $50,000 bond, charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, a felony. He also had an outstanding arrest warrant for criminal damage to property; that bond is $3,000.

Shomaker was still in jail Friday.

According to a news release, the Dixon police are working with the state police and the state's attorney's office in the investigation.

After Landwer was hospitalized, the Prayers for Kimberly A. Landwer Facebook page was created.

On Friday morning, a cousin of Landwer posted a message.

"First off, I would like to say thank you for everybody's thoughts and prayers. But please respect the family's privacy right now. They just lost a mother, daughter, niece, cousin, etc.," she wrote.

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