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Walnut man dies in motorcycle crash

DEER GROVE – A Walnut man died in a motorcycle crash Thursday morning in rural Deer Grove.

Craig Freeman, 43, was heading south on Smith Road, about a half-mile east of Deer Grove, just before 6 a.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle on a curve near Freeport Road and drove off the road into a wooded area, according to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office.

Whiteside County Coroner Joseph McDonald pronounced Freeman dead at the scene.

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