Fatal Accident


One person is dead after an early morning accident in Winnebago County. Early Saturday morning, a car and pickup truck crashed on Meridian Road near Porter Road.

Twenty-four year old Melissa Easley of Davis, Illinois died in the crash. According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, Easley's car was headed north on Meridian when she crossed the center line.

The south bound pick-up swerved to miss the car, but struck it nearly head-on.

The truck's driver, 38-year-old Gregory Young, and his passenger, 27-year-old Jay Lahey, were taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, treated and released.

Police say all were wearing their seatbelts and they're looking into a cause of the accident.