STERLING – Bryan Schrimpf, who died in a motorcycle accident Sunday, rode his skateboard all around Dixon.
“He loved to skateboard around town,” his mother, Michelle Kehl, said in a telephone interview Monday. “That’s what all of his friends knew him for. He’s got a wide range of friends in town.”
Schrimpf, 20, of Dixon, liked to ride his board with his older brother, Darrin.
He also was known for his affection for Hondas. He had a Honda Civic, and his motorcycle was a Honda, his mother said.
Schrimpf died after a car hit him while he was riding his motorcycle on East Lincolnway in Sterling.
His girlfriend for the last 5 years was Kait Schwartz. They had two children together: Addyson, 3, and Eastyn, 5 months.
After Schrimpf’s death, Schwartz posted a Facebook message for him.
“I know without a doubt in my mind that you loved me and our children more than anything else in this world,” she wrote. “I will always love you, and I mean that. No matter where I am in life, you still hold on to my heart, Bry.”
About 11 a.m. Sunday, Schrimpf was heading east on Lincolnway at 45th Avenue near Staples. A westbound Toyota Prius driven by Burton R. Lorenzen, 78, of Dixon, turned left into Schrimpf’s path.
Schrimpf was taken to CGH Medical Center, then flown by helicopter to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities said Schrimpf wasn’t wearing a helmet, but even a helmet might not have saved him.
“The helmet wouldn’t have done any good,” his mother said. “He was taken for whatever reason that God had in store for him.”
Sterling police received help from a state police expert to prepare an accident reconstruction report, which typically takes 1 or 2 months to complete, Sterling Police Lt. Doug Fargher said. Police believe the traffic lights were green in both directions.
“The passenger car turned into the motorcycle. That is our basic premise,” Fargher said. “Under the circumstances, we are moving carefully. I imagine that there would be some form of citation issued. It’s a sad situation.”