Accident Involving Fatality

April 15, 2016

On 04/13/16 at 9:30 p.m., the Dixon Police Department was dispatched to the intersection of North Galena Avenue and Everett Street for an accident involving a vehicle and a bicyclist.  Officers arrived and learned that Dennis Miller, 43 years of age from Dixon,  was driving his Commonwealth Edison vehicle and was facing east on Everett at Galena Avenue.  Upon interview, Miller stated that he did not see the bicyclist when he began to turn right (south) on Galena Avenue.  The bicyclist was struck in the crosswalk and was identified as John D. Appenheimer, 54 years of age, also from Dixon.  Due to his injuries, officers were unable to interview Mr. Appenheimer.  Mr. Appenheimer was taken to KSB Hospital and then flown to Rockford Memorial.  On 04/14/16, the department learned that Mr. Appenheimer had been declared deceased by the Winnebago County Coroner’s office at 3:10 p.m. on 04/14/16 and that the family had made the decision for organ donation.  The accident is still under investigation.  No citations or charges have been filed at this time.