UPDATE: Rockford Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Illinois State Police District 16 Crash Investigation

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at approximately 5:39 PM, Illinois State Police District 16 responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Illinois Route 70 and N. Meridian Road in Winnebago County.
 The preliminary investigation found a white, 2008 Kia Rio was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Illinois Route 70 and N. Meridian Road. A blue, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle, traveling south on Illinois Route 70, apparently rear-ended the Kia.
 The driver of the motorcycle, a 39-year-old male of Rockford was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Kia, a 48-year-old male of Rockford, was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. The Kia driver was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet. Alcohol is not a suspected factor in the crash.
 No citations have been issued. Illinois State Police District 16 continues to investigate the crash and a crash reconstruction has begun. Assisting agencies include: Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department and Winnebago County Coroner.
 Identities of persons involved will be released upon next of kin notification.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- A motorcyclist was killed after rear-ending an SUV in Winnebago County.

The crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the intersection of Meridian Road and Trask Bridge Road. The Illinois State Police say 39-year-old Rockford man, Jeremie Kobler, was riding his motorcycle south bound on Trask Bridge and ran into a Kia Rio stopped at the stop sign at the intersection. Police say Kobler was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. Kobler worked as a corrections sergeant for the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. The driver of the other SUV 48-year-old Douglas Schroder, also of Rockford, suffered minor injures. The crash is still under investigation but police don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

This is the second fatal crash on Trask Bridge Road this week. Gerald Gipe, 57, crashed his Jeep late Monday night on Trask Bridge Road west of Burritt Town Hall. Gipe was pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsy results indicate he was killed by the trauma of the crash and he did have alcohol in his system. The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the crash.


WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of an accident at the intersection of Meridian and Trask Bridge Roads. Right now, unconfirmed reports are that a car and motorcycle collided.

We have a crew on the scene and will update you with more information as we receive it.


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