Two young people were killed Thursday in separate one-vehicle accidents in Henry County, one near Kewanee and the other in Geneseo.
The dead were identified as Cody Jannie, 22, of Kewanee, and Jillian Geuns Hege, 23, of Annawan.
The crash that killed Mr. Jannie happened around 4:40 p.m. on East 2700 Street at North 400 Avenue, according to the Henry County Sheriff's Office. Investigators believe the driver was northbound when he lost control. The vehicle went into a ditch and overturned.
Mr. Jannie, who was alone, was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Kewanee Hospital, the sheriff's office stated.
Henry County Coroner Dave Johnson said Mr. Jannie suffered blunt trauma injuries and that an autopsy will not be performed because the cause of death was apparent. An inquest date is pending. The accident remained under investigation.
Kewanee police officers and firefighters, and Black Hawk College police officers assisted at the scene.
The crash that killed Ms. Hege happened around 11:43 a.m. Thursday near 1090 S. Congress St., according to the Geneseo police department. Again, only one vehicle was involved and it struck property belonging to Deere Harvester Credit Union.
Ms. Hege was flown to OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where she died Friday, according to a death notice on the website of Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson.
The crash was handled by Geneseo authorities and remains under investigation, according to Geneseo police.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.