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Others injured in motorcycle-van fatal crash identified

Lee County Sheriff's Department says citations pending against van's driver

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:07 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:14 p.m. CST

DIXON – The passenger on a motorcycle that collided Saturday with a Kreider Services van near Sublette was Michelle Kaps, 33, of Mendota, the Lee County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

Kaps was taken to Mendota Community Hospital, and then to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where she is in the intensive care unit, the sheriff's department said in a news release. The driver of the motorcycle was killed in the collision.

Citations are pending against the van's driver, the department said.

Kaps was on a motorcycle being driven by Deryle "D.J." Nickle, 34, of Amboy, when it struck the side of a van at the Inlet Road and U.S. Route 52. Nickle was later pronounced dead at Mendota Community Hospital.

According to a release from the sheriff's department, the motorcycle was eastbound on Route 52 about 2:20 p.m. when it hit the side of the van, which was southbound on Inlet Road with nine occupants. The traffic on Inlet has a stop sign. The traffic on Route 52 does not.

Neither Nickle nor Kaps was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's department said, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol was involved in the crash.

The force of the collision tipped the van on its side, Lee County Sheriff John Varga said.

According to the news release, citations are pending against Priscilla Lachat, 37, of Amboy, who was driving the van. She was treated at Mendota Community Hospital and released.

A front-seat passenger in the van, Marcia Comer, 30, of Dixon, was treated at KSB Hospital in Dixon and released.

Other passengers in the van who were treated at KSB Hospital and released were Louis Huseman, Darrin Shamblin, Henry Castaneda, Fred Boettcher, Dennis Buchholz, and Joseph Holly.

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