FREEPORT – A Dixon man died Sunday in an accident involving his 57-year-old car, which wasn’t equipped with seat belts.
Brad Wohrley, 56, was found dead at the scene by Stephenson County sheriff’s deputies after his 1957 Chevrolet had collided nearly head-on with an SUV south of Freeport.
Wohrley’s wife, Mary, 58, had been thrown from their car, which didn’t have seat belts. She was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where she was said to be stable on Monday.
According to a sheriff’s department news release, deputies arrived at 1:13 p.m. Sunday at the scene on state Route 26, just north of Rudy Road. The Wohrleys’ vehicle had been southbound when it was struck by a white Chevrolet Equinox that was heading north.
Sheriff David Snyders said the driver of the Equinox, 69-year-old James R. Battisti, of Freeport, apparently had a medical issue and blacked out just before the accident.
After the collision, Battisti’s truck veered into a field and caught fire, but he was pulled from his flaming vehicle without much difficulty, Snyders said. Battisti was taken to FHN Memorial Hospital. His condition was not made available Monday.
After Mary Wohrley was ejected, the car rolled – its front end landing on top of her, Snyders said.
Brad Wohrley was the owner of Wohrley Heating and Air Conditioning in Dixon.