Muscatine man charged after hit-and-run leaves two motorcyclists dead

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A person of interest was in police custody and later charged after a deadly hit-and-run on Illinois Route 92 near Illinois City.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, an eastbound 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix reportedly crossed the center line and hit a westbound motorcycle. Two people riding the motorcycle were thrown from the bike and killed at the scene. The victims were a 42-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both from Muscatine, Iowa.

The victims were later identified as Kevin D. Diehl and Dawn A. Korch, according to Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson.  Autopsies were planned for Tuesday, May 19 in Ogle County.

Sheriff's deputies said the driver of the Pontiac fled on foot and had not yet been located.

They later identified 40-year-old Robert Darrow as a person of interest regarding the crash.  Jail records showed Darrow was in custody Tuesday morning, May 19.  Police later said Darrow had turned himself in at the jail.

Court records later showed Darrow was formally charged with two felony counts of failure to report an accident involving death.

Darrow made his first appearance in Rock Island County Court May 19, and was scheduled to next appear May 26.   He was held in the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

5 comments

  • John

    Why run? The only thing I can think of is he was drinking or something and knew he was above the legal limit. But if it truly was an accident, which is heartbreaking by the way, if he would of stayed there would the charges be as serious as they are now?

  • jrandl

    Whats the use of running, No place to go and no places to hide. The only way you can get away with some thing like that is get a job with this government Then your above the law.

  • Karan

    Another sad part of the story is that one news media, a QC Newspaper, has been reading the victim’s Face Book account and has been asking her friends for an interviews. This is just as low as reporting gets. Unfortunately they get one “attention seeking taker” which was published. This is truly no friend. Her really true friend who they spent the day with just before the tragedy had just sent the victim a message. She was approached and in no such terms declined and was very hurt by this kind of journalism. In addition to this, her true friend had spent the entire day with her son who is graduating this week and had a family/friends party planed for this Saturday.

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