Services set for three Tampico teens killed in crash

A roadside memorial is seen Friday, March 29, 2024, at the site where three Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico High School/Middle School students were killed in a crash at the corner of Luther and Hahnaman Roads.

TAMPICO – Services are set for the three Tampico boys killed Thursday in a traffic collision outside the village.

Jayden Lee Hanson and Channing Swertfeger, both 14, and 16-year-old Douglas “DJ” Dorathy died around 1 p.m. when the pickup truck they were riding in collided with a semi at the intersection of Hahnaman and Luther roads.

The three were Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico High School/Middle School students. Channing was an eighth-grader.

According to his obituary, Jayden, son of Austin Hanson and Megan (Mitchell) Carslon, was a freshman at Prophetstown High School who was active in baseball and basketball and was a member of FFA.

Among others, survivors include his parents, brothers Owen Doane and Nelson Carlson, and sisters Kate Hanson and Audrah Bender.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Prophetstown Middle School.

His funeral begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at Prophetstown United Methodist Church.

Channing was the son of Adam M. and Kara R. (Ribordy) Swertfeger and was active in baseball, basketball, and track with the Erie-Prophetstown Panthers, his obituary said. He also was a member of a traveling baseball team.

Survivors include his parents, his sister, Tinley, and his brother, Braylon.

His visitation will be held with Jayden’s Wednesday at the school.

Private family services will be held on Thursday.

DJ, a sophomore, was the son of Douglas Raymond and Chasity (Lawson) Dorathy Sr.

According to his obituary, he played football for the Erie-Prophetstown Panthers and baseball in the summer.

His survivors include his parents and his sisters, Payton and Morgan Dorathy.

Visitation for DJ will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Cemetery.

Garland, which is owned by McDonald Funeral Home, is handling all three of the boys’ arrangements. Go to to send condolences.

A memorial vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Tampico Village Hall, 202 W. Second St., for all three. Donations will be accepted for their families.

The pickup was northbound on Luther shortly before 1 p.m. when it failed to stop and was struck by the eastbound semi, Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker said.

The driver of the pickup, another boy who was not identified, was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Booker said. The semi driver, a Whiteside County man who also was not identified, was not injured.

The investigation is ongoing and no citations were issued.

Kathleen Schultz

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.