DIXON – The driver of a pickup truck that hit a Dixon Police SUV over the weekend was ticketed Monday.
Charles Hage, 78, of Dixon, was issued a citation for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, said Lee County Sheriff John Varga, whose office conducted the accident investigation.
Hage’s vehicle struck the SUV, driven by Sgt. Mike Wolfley, at the intersection of Galena Avenue and Second Street about 10 a.m. Saturday.
Wolfley was northbound on Galena with his sirens and lights on, answering a report of an unresponsive man, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Hage was westbound on Second and had the green light when he went through the intersection and struck the SUV on the passenger side, flipping it.
Both men were taken to KSB Hospital in Dixon with minor injuries. Wolfley still is sore, but he’s recovering well, Police Chief Danny Langloss said Monday.
Dixon does not have technology that allows emergency responders to control traffic signals remotely. Such equipment may have helped prevent the accident, Langloss said.
“We’ve discussed it in the downtown area,” he said. “The question was raised if the technology in the light system on Galena was able to do it, or if a new system would have to be put in. Given the latest incident, we might be able to get IDOT involved.”
The police vehicle was insured, and the adjuster still is determining whether it is totaled, Langloss said.
Although the investigation was conducted by the sheriff’s office, the Dixon police accident review board will take a look to see if any procedures or safety issues need to be evaluated, Langloss said.