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Wild Scene Turns Fatal At Area Car Show

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2010

A car show in Newark turned tragic over the weekend.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office says 55 year old Ricke Van Riper of Oswego died after a fight at the Newark Car Show Saturday afternoon.  According to investigators, Van Riper showed up in Newark around noon Saturday and began arguing with his estranged wife.  He then lit his own truck on fire.

Van Riper then started fighting with another man before going into his burning truck to get some knives.  He began throwing knives at the other guy involved in the fight before trying to stab the man.  People at the car show were able to eventually stop Van Riper but not before he was knocked unconscious.

Van Riper was taken to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich where he was pronounced dead.  The other man involved in the fight was treated and released.

The incident and death remains under investigation.

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