Fatal Accident

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According to the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office, 16-year-old Ashley Ketcher of Rockford died in the accident at Owen Center and Elmwood. Coroner Sue Fiduccia said the cause of death is attributed to head injuries sustained in the accident.

According to initial investigation and interviews with witnesses, Ketcher was turning south onto Owen Center Road at Elmwood when her vehicle collided with a Frink's Sewer and Drain truck. Emergency workers tried to extricate the 16-year-old, but she died at the scene.

The 59-year-old driver of the truck was not harmed.