Coroner identifies Auburn Street crash victims

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Coroner identifies the victims killed after a police chase and car accident.

36-year-old Tareo Henry of Rockford is believed to have died from blunt force trauma to the head from the crash Thursday night.

The second victim is identified as 50-year-old Todd Bamberger of Rockford, whose preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head.

Toxicology results will be available in three weeks.

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The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office says a pursuit occurred shortly before a two-car crash that claimed two lives.

Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies were in the area of N. Central Ave. when they saw a suspicious dark-colored SUV driving recklessly at a high rate of speed.

Officers tried to stop the car but decided to terminate the pursuit.

Deputies found the SUV a short time later. The SUV started to flee and attempted to strike the sheriff's deputies vehicle.

Deputies again pursued the vehicle driving west on Auburn Street at the intersection of N. Springfield Ave.

The suspect car crashed into another vehicle at the intersection.

Three adults were taken to the hospital to be treated, two of them for life-threatening injuries.

The Winnebago County Coroner said that a 50-year-old man and a 36-year-old man, both from Rockford, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Their names are being withheld pending notification of family. One person is still reportedly in the hospital, but is expected to be okay. Their name has not yet been released.

The Rockford Police Department and Illinois State Police Integrity Task Force are investigating.