Lieutenant From Ogle County, Illinois Killed in Head-On Collision

OGLE COUNTY, IL- reports that a head-on collision that tragically killed an Ogle County Sheriff’s office Lieutenant. The officer, Randall Hilliard, 50, of Byron, was declared dead at the scene of the crash.

According to Illinois State Police, Hillard was driving his pickup truck east on IL 72 when he drifted across the center line and hit awestbound SUV head-on. The driver of the SUV, Rick Sgro, 51 was traveling with three passengers, Allison Sgro, 24, Abigail Sgro, 20, and Daniel Merritt, 20. All four occupants of the SUV were transported to local hospitals following the crash. Their conditions have not yet been reported.

Investigations into the cause of the collision are ongoing.

The force of a head-on collision is often devastating and deadly. When two vehicles traveling at one another collide, the force of the crash multiples. In fact, the force of two cars hitting each other head-on when each vehicle is traveling at 40 miles per hour is not two times as high, but actually four times as high.

While head-on collisions are not common, they have a high fatality rate. One study indicated that the human body has a low chance of surviving a head-on collision if the vehicles are traveling over 43 miles per hour. Thisis an important piece of information for Vision Zero programs, which are designed to eliminate traffic-related fatalities. Smart road designs should include barriers between lanes of traffic that are traveling in opposite directions in any situation where the speed limit is higher than above 40 miles per hour.

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