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1 dead following Route 17 crash

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information regarding the drivers of the two vehicles.

Illinois State Police District 21 is investigating a two-vehicle accident which resulted in the death of a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the Wednesday morning accident.

Betty Becker, 75, of St. Anne, died from injuries suffered in the accident.

The drivers of the two vehicles, Becker's husband Frederick W. Becker and a 31-year-old Pembroke Township man, were taken to a Kankakee hospital with serious injuries.

The crash occurred at 10:51 a.m. Wednesday on Illinois Route 17 at Sandbar Road, six miles east of Kankakee, a news release said.

Preliminary information indicated for unknown reasons Frederick W. Becker, 74, of St. Anne, who was driving a 2015 Chevrolet van, pulled out from the center median onto the highway attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of Route 17.

The van failed to yield and was struck by a 2015 Nissan heading east on Route 17.

Betty Becker was a passenger in the van. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said.

State police said additional details surrounding the incident are not yet available.

Momence officer suffered cardiac arrest while on duty

KANKAKEE — Momence police officer Troy Jacobson died of sudden cardiac arrest while on duty Dec. 10, according to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner.

Results from an autopsy showed the 38-year-old Jacobson suffered a pulmonary thromboembolism. A blood clot traveled from Jacobson’s leg to his lungs.

Jacobson was on patrol at 12:40 a.m. Dec. 10.

He was on his way back to the station after he radioed in about not feeling well.

While en route, Jacobson crashed his squad car into the clock tower on the northwest corner of the intersection of River Street and Dixie Highway.

There were no signs on the pavement that indicated Jacobson applied the brakes to his vehicle before the crash.

Jacobson was pronounced dead at 1:29 a.m. at AMITA St. Mary’s Hospital.