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2 taken to hospital after crash near Waterman

January 29, 2019 GMT

WATERMAN – Two people were taken to a hospital Tuesday after a head-on collision on Route 23 south of Lee Road, police said.

According to a news release, John Foulkes, 69, of the 1300 block of East State Route 34, Earlville, was northbound on Route 23 around 9:25 a.m. when his 2004 Toyota crossed into southbound traffic.

“Two witnesses got out of way, but the third car was the one that he hit head-on,” Lt. Jim Burgh with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said.

Melissa Rapanos, 34, of Antioch was the driver of the 2015 Jeep unable to avoid the collision, Burgh said. She and Foulkes were both taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital with non-life treatening injuries, he said.


Foulkes was trapped in his vehicle and stuffered injuries, Burgh said. Cold weather posed a particular challenge for the first responders working to free Foulkes.

“We wrapped a lot of blankets around him, but they can only go so far,” Burgh said.

Kim Waterman, spokeswoman for Kishwaukee Hospital, said Foulkes and Rapanos were treated and released on Tuesday.

Burgh said Foulkes was charged with improper lane use, and police still are investigating the cause of the crash.