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Man charged in fatal crash near Freeport

Accident in Stephenson County killed Dixon man, injured wife

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

FREEPORT – A 69-year-old Freeport man involved in an accident June 8 that killed a Dixon man was charged with improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

James R. Battisti apparently had a medical issue and blacked out just before his SUV crossed the center line, hitting Brad Wohrley’s 1957 Chevrolet.

According to Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders:

Wohrley, 56, and his wife, Mary, 58, were southbound on state Route 26, just north of Rudy Road, when their vintage Chevrolet, which had no seat belts, was struck by a northbound SUV driven by Battisti.

Brad Wohrley died at the scene.

Mary Wohrley was thrown from the car, which rolled, its front end landing on top of her. She since has been released from Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Battisti’s Chevrolet Equinox veered into a field and caught fire. He was taken FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, and has since been released.

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