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Police say weather may be factor after man struck and killed while crossing street

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A Rock Island man was cited for no driver’s license when the car he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian.

Police said an out-of-state pedestrian, later identified as 74-year-old John “Jack” O’Brien of Stapleton, Nebraska, was walking northbound across West 2nd Street, between Fillmore and Marquette, when he was hit by an eastbound Toyota Corolla just before 10 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014.

Stapleton was taken to a local hospital where he died from injuries suffered in the crash.

The Corolla driver, 46-year-old Travis Hearn, of Rock Island, Illinois, was cited at the scene for no driver’s license.

When they released Stapleton’s identity Wednesday, May 14, police also said weather may have been a factor in the crash.  Scattered thunderstorms were in the Quad Cities area the evening it occurred.


  • justsayin

    Is this the same Travis Hearn who was in the news several years ago regarding paralysis from a high school football injury????

  • Pip Pro

    You’re thinking of the young man from Rock Island, also named Travis Hearn, that had broken his neck playing football. He lived a few years after his injury but passed away at the age of 19. If I remember correctly, he was a junior, so his father would have the same name.

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