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Sheriff tickets Amboy woman in fatal crash

State's attorney to review case; other charges possible

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:55 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:29 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The driver of a Kreider Services van that collided with a motorcycle, killing its driver, was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop intersection, the Lee County Sheriff's Department said in a news release Tuesday morning.

Deryle "D.J." Nickel, 34, of Amboy, died after his motorcycle struck the side of the van driven by Priscilla A. Lachat, 37, of Amboy, at Inlet Road and U.S. Route 52 near Sublette on May 24.

In an interview, Lee County Sheriff John Varga said he would forward the accident report to the state's attorney's office this week for review. Depending on the assessment by that office, other charges might be filed.

A passenger on Nickel's bike, Michelle Kaps, 33, of Mendota, also was injured. She was taken to Mendota Comunity Hospital, then flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital, and later released.

Lachat was taken to Mendota Community Hospital, treated and released.

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. Traffic on Inlet has a stop sign, giving traffic on Route 52 the right of way.

Police found no indication that alcohol was involved in the crash, the release said. The force of the collision tipped the van on its side.

Neither Nickel nor Kaps was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's department reported.

Seven of the van's passengers were treated at KSB Hospital in Dixon and released.

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