Byron woman dies after SUV strikes tree
BYRON – A Byron woman is dead after the SUV she was riding in struck a tree Thursday afternoon, about a mile and half north of Byron.
Michael C. Eytalis, 78, was heading south on state Route 2 near Kennedy Hill Road around 3:15 p.m. when he lost control on a curve and went into the west ditch, traveled about 200 feet and struck a tree head on, according to Ogle County Sheriff’s deputies.
His passenger, Lavon H. Eytalis, 78, was taken to MercyHealth-Rockton Avenue where she later died.
Michael C. Eytalis was taken to Swedish American Hospital for what deputies said were non life-threatening injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.