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Jo Daviess County Accident

One-person was injured in a single vehicle accident in Jo Daviess County near West Stagecoach Trail Saturday evening. The sheriff’s department reports that 57- year old William H. Smith of Chillicothe, IL was injured in the accident. He was the passenger of a vehicle driven by 51-year old Steven A. Fritz of Freeport. Fritz is reported to have lost control of the vehicle on a sharp curve and drove off the paved roadway to the right and into the ditch. The vehicle struck a steep embankment causing it to spin and become air born. The vehicle came to rest in a nearby vineyard approximately 140ft from the roadway. Fritz is reported to have received minor injuries, while Smith was taken to Finley Hospital. Fritz faces charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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