Polo crash victim still in critical condition

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POLO – A Polo man who suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries in a head-on collision May 19 remained in critical condition Friday at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Fundraisers are ongoing for Thomas “Tommy” Knipple, 31, who was injured about 7:45 a.m. in the 13000 block of Milledgeville Road when his pickup truck was struck by an oncoming SUV driven by Timothy M. Alba, 37, of Sterling, that crossed the center line.

Alba died at the scene.

According to a GoFundMe page Facebook updates, Knipple’s sixth and seventh surgeries were postponed until he improves.

Knipple is the husband of Anna Knipple and the son of Edie and Gary Knipple of Polo.

Go to to donate and for updates. Money raised will help pay for medical expenses.

Other fundraisers are being created. Find Anna – Point Knipple on Facebook for details.

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.