Winnebago County Sheriff's deputy and motorcyclist hurt in crash

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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - A Winnebago County Sheriff's deputy is hurt during a traffic stop.

Deputy Frank Ventre was helping a motorist around 10 p.m. Wednesday in the area of N. Second Street and Melbourne Avenue. The vehicle was having its battery jumped and Ventre was standing between the two.

A motorcycle traveling southbound lost control and crashed into the rear of one of the vehicles.

Ventre and the 53-year-old motorcyclist were taken to the hospital, both for minor injuries.

The motorcyclist, Daniel Jenkins, was charged with reckless driving and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He is considered innocent until proven guilty.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office reminds the public to obey Scott's Law. Scott's Law requires motorists to yield to moving emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles, with rotating or flashing lights. The law also requires a driver to change lanes if it is safe or reduce speed and proceed with caution when approaching a vehicle with flashing lights.