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Coroner: Oregon teen killed by semi had LSD in his system

Weslee Rice
Weslee Rice

OREGON – Toxicology tests show that an Oregon teen took illegal drugs before he was hit and killed by a semi in April.

Weslee Rice, 17, had marijuana and LSD in his system, Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz said Monday.

Rice, an Oregon High School junior, was struck by a westbound semi shortly after 1:30 a.m. April 14 in the 2600 block of West Pines Road, in front of his home. He was airlifted to MercyHealth Hospital – Rockton Avenue, formerly Rockford Memorial Hospital, where he died of blunt force trauma to the head.

According to the Ogle County sheriff's crash report, Rice ran into the road, stopped, and jumped up and down in front of the semi, which swerved into the eastbound lane to try to avoid hitting him.

Driver Dakota Snyder, 21, of Mount Morris, was not ticketed.

Rice's death was ruled accidental at an inquest June 13. The incident remains under investigation, Sheriff Brian VanVickle said Tuesday.

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