UPDATE: The Sterling Police Department have released more information about the fatal accident.
According to police, a pickup truck was traveling east on West 4th Street when it slowed to make a left hand onto Eastern Avenue. A vehicle behind the truck, driven by a 17-year-old male of Sterling, failed to slow down and swerved to avoid hitting the truck. It crossed into the oncoming traffic of West 4th Street and struck a westbound motorcycle.
The driver of the motorcycle, Terry L. Jones II, 33, of Sterling, was thrown from the bike and landed in a ditch on the northside of the intersection.
A second vehicle traveling behind the motorcycle, driven by Terry L. Williams, 49, of Sterling, swerved to avoid hitting Jones or his motorcycle and the vehicle ended up in the ditch.
A passerby and Sterling Police helped Jones at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Jones died from his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
No one else was injured in the accident.
The 17-year-old was charged with no valid driver’s license and was released to his parents.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.
EARLIER UPDATE: One person was killed when a car and motorcycle collided on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of West 4th Street and East Avenue in Sterling.
Two people suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.
One person had major injuries and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
No other information about the accident has been released at this time.
The Sterling Police were assisted at the scene by CGH Ambulance, Sterling Fire Department, Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit, and Slim & Hanks Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.