Bicyclist identified in fatal and alleged DUI crash

Published: Dec. 3, 2022 at 5:37 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2022 at 5:39 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - 43-year-old Bernard Sawtelle has been identified as the victim that was killed in a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon in the 800 block of Brooke Rd. in Rockford.

Sawtelle was riding his bicycle before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when a pickup truck struck him and became trapped underneath.

First responders removed him and began efforts to save Sawtelle, who was then transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.

An autopsy revealed that Sawtelle died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The man behind the wheel of the truck, 52-year-old Todd Norton is behind bars and charged of driving under the influence of drugs, causing death.