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Two killed in crash involving an SUV and semi near Leland

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2015

A man and woman are dead after a crash along Route 34 south of Leland.

According to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, 72-year-old Robert Gallagher of Sandwich was on a county road intersection Tuesday afternoon when he drove in front of a semi driven by 27-year-old Martin Bautista of Yorkville. Gallagher and his front seat passenger, 61-year-old Diane Koeritz of Leland were pronounced dead at the scene.

Gallagher also had three backseat passengers in his SUV. Thirty-one-year-old Mandy Sloan of Leland was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Twenty-nine-year-old Ashley Grieves of Ottawa was treated at Valley West Hospital while a 20-month-old boy was flown to a Rockford hospital.

The fatal crash is still under investigation.

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