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Maple Park man struck, killed by vehicle near DeKalb

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:15 a.m. CDT

A Maple Park man walking near the intersection of Route 38 and Webster Road near DeKalb was struck and killed by a vehicle early this morning, authorities said.

Clarence R. Janecek III, 45, of 45W535 Welter Road, was walking near the intersection in a rural area east of DeKalb around 12:30 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle traveling east on Route 38, according to a press release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's office.

Sheriff's deputies received a call from a passerby about a person walking in the roadway on Route 38 near Webster Road, and were en route when they received a second call about the accident, Sheriff's Deputy Chief Gary Dumdie said. Deputies arrived to find Janecek lying unconscious in the westbound lane on Route 38, and a vehicle off the roadway to the north.

The driver of the vehicle, German Gonzalez, 41, of DeKalb, didn't see Janecek before he struck him, Dumdie said. The driver stayed at the scene and called  police.

Janecek and Gonzalez were both taken to Kishwaukee Hospital by DeKalb firefighters.

Janecek was pronounced dead at the hospital, DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said. Gonzalez was treated and released, and later charged with driving with a suspended license.

Dumdie said that the driver did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the accident, and that he was wearing his seatbelt.

An autopsy on Janecek was scheduled for later this morning.

Crews from the Cortland Fire Department assisted with the incident.

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