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Illinois man dead after motorcycle crash in Amboy

A motorcyclist is dead and his passenger was taken to the hospital after a wreck Friday night, July 8, in Amboy, Illinois.
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AMBOY, Illinois — A motorcyclist is dead and his passenger was taken to the hospital after a wreck Friday night, July 8, in Amboy, Illinois, says the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Hopson, 36, from Ohio, Illinois was riding northbound on Route 26 at McGinty Road around 9:15 p.m. when the motorcycle hit a deer in the road. Both Justin and passenger Eva Hopson, 30, were thrown from the motorcycle. Justin was hit by the semi that was driving behind them, says the sheriff’s office.

Justin died on scene and Eva was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The sheriff’s office says the incident is still under investigation.