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Walnut woman dies in crash

PRINCETON — A rural Walnut woman has died from head injuries received in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening near Princeton.

Katie M. Ioder, 20, was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by David M. Neuses, 21, of Princeton when the motorcycle crashed about 8:07 p.m. Saturday on 1562 W. Backbone Road. Both Ioder and Neuses were transported from the scene to Perry Memorial Hospital by Princeton Emergency Services and then Lifeflighted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

According to the Bureau County Sheriff's Department report issued Monday morning, the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Backbone Road when it left the roadway at some undetermined point. The point was impossible to find because emergency vehicles had driven over the motorcycle tracks, Sgt. Trey Barker said. However, from the point at which the motorcycle brake was applied to its final resting placing was more or a less a straight path and ran for 106 feet, he said.

The light variation in the direction of the motorcycle can be attributed to the bike hitting a number of large rocks, running over a mailbox and becoming airborne at least once, the report stated.

The investigation into the accident continues.

On Monday, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll confirmed Ioder was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at St.Francis Medical Center and died from head injuries. No autopsy was conducted, but an inquest will be scheduled at a later date after all toxicology reports are received.

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