(Statement issued via Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker)
On Saturday October 5, 2019 at 10:25am Whiteside County Deputies responded to north Illinois Rt 40 near Ridge Road in rural Sterling for a traffic crash involving a passenger vehicle vs farm tractor and grain cart. Deputies arrived on scene, and were able to determine through the investigation Jennifer M Schryver, 45 years old of Milledgeville was driving a 2009 Hyundai passenger vehicle and was traveling eastbound on Il. Rt 40 and attempted to pass a farm tractor and grain cart which was also traveling eastbound on Il Rt 40. The tractor a 2018 John Deere was pulling a half full grain cart and was driven by 19 year old Kyle Aude of Chadwick. Schryver’s vehicle struck the rear area of the grain cart. Schryver was transported to CGH Medical Center for her injuries. The front passenger in Schryver’s vehicle was 9 year old Addison P. Headlee. Headlee was airlifted from the scene of crash and flown to Javon Bea-Hospital Riverside in Rockford. Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office was informed by Winnebago County Coroner’s Office Headlee has passed away from her injuries due to the crash.
Aude, the driver of the tractor, was not injured during the crash. Whiteside County Deputies were assisted at the scene by Milledgeville Fire Department and EMS, Illinois State Police, CGH Ambulance Medifore Air Medical.
Please keep in thoughts and prayers all the families that have been touched by incident, as well as all emergency responders.