Motorcyclist Dies Following Collision Near Sterling

There was a motorcycle accident Monday (July 25, 2016) near Sterling after which the motorcyclist died.  The collision involved a motorcycle and Whiteside County Deputy Sheriff’s squad car.

According to preliminary crash investigation findings from the Illinois State Police, the accident happened around 10 p.m. at U.S. Route 30 and Emerson Road.  The Whiteside County Deputy’s squad car was traveling eastbound on Route 30, when the Whiteside County Deputy, identified as Jeffrey A. Wunderlich, 33, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Emerson Road.  As he attempted to do so, the squad car struck a motorcycle that was traveling westbound on Route 30.  The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the squad car.

Both the motorcyclist and Sheriff’s Deputy were taken to CGH Hospital in Sterling for treatment of their accident injuries.  The motorcyclist, identified as William G. Damhoff, 58, of Morrison, later died from his accident injuries.  According to the coroner, preliminary indications are that he died from blunt force trauma.

At the time of the collision, Damhoff was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

An excerpt from the July 26, 2016 article titled “Motorcycle rider dies following two vehicle crash near Sterling, Ill.“:

Wunderlich has been issued a citation for failure to yield turning left. The crash investigation is ongoing and there are currently no further details to report at this time.

Additional details regarding this fatal Illinois motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 26 article titled “Morrison motorcyclist dies in collision with sheriff’s car.”


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