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Illinois man killed in Hancock County crash

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A LaHarpe man died after a semi driver reportedly attempted to avoid a deer crossing the roadway.

According to the Illinois State Police, on Friday, November 1, 2013 around 6:30 a.m. one person was killed after two cars collided on Illinois Route 9 near Hancock County Road 2650 East.

Police said a man driving an eastbound semi-truck applied the brakes when a deer crossed in front of him. His vehicle started to skid and then crossed the center line and collided with a westbound truck.

Illinois State Police said that the westbound driver was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the truck.  He died as a result of his injuries.

The man who died was later identified as 36-year-old Dewey Eric Cramer of LaHarpe, Illinois.

Officials said the semi driver, 77-year-old Charles De Jaynes of Dallas City, Illinois, was charged with improper lane usage.  He suffered “non-incapacitating” injuries for which he was treated at an area hospital.

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