Byron man dies, four others hurt in head-on on state Route 72 in Ogle County

July 28, 2018

BYRON – An Ogle County sheriff’s lieutenant is dead and four people are injured after a collision around 1:30 this morning on state Route 72 in Ogle County.

Randall L. “Randy” Hilliard, 50, of Byron was eastbound on 72 in a pickup when he crossed the center line near Oak Court and hit a westbound SUV head-on, State Police said in a news release this morning. Hilliard died at the scene.

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department declined to verify Hilliard’s employment status or whether he was on duty. The ISP officer on duty had no further information.

The SUV driver, Rick A. Sgro, 51, of Oregon, and passengers Allison R. Sgro, 24, and Abigail E. Sgro, 20, both of Mount Morris, were taken to SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. Their conditions were unavailable this afternoon.

A third passenger, Daniel W. Merritt, 20, of Gering, Nebraska, was taken to MercyHealth Hospital – Rockton Avenue in Rockford, where he was treated and released.

Ogle County Sheriff’s deputies also responded, as did Byron and Stillman Valley firefighters and EMTs.

The crash, which happened about midway between Byron and Stillman Valley, is under investigation. No further details were available.

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