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Police say Sparland man struck jogger with his truck in Peoria County fatal crash

Incident occurred on Route 29 near Hardscrabble Road

A 44-year-old Sparland man struck a jogger with his truck while traveling Route 29 northbound near Hardscrabble Road in Peoria County, resulting in the jogger’s death, according to Illinois State Police.

Jonah N. Koponen, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz., was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained during the accident at about 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Price was traveling in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado near Hardscrabble Road, when he struck the pedestrian, who was out jogging, said Illinois State Police District 8. All lanes of Route 29 near Hardscrabble Road were closed for the traffic crash investigation; all lanes were reopened at approximately 1:12 p.m.

The Illinois State Police released no further information as of Sunday.