Freeport Man Dies After Being Hit by Car

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A 76-year-old man was killed after being hit by a car Monday afternoon in Freeport.

Earle Moote was pronounced dead after being rushed by helicopter to MercyHealth Hospital in Rockford for treatment.

The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office says that Moote was walking in the area near 23 W. Exchange St. in Freeport when he was hit by a vehicle.  He died from blunt force trauma to his head.

The death is under investigation by Freeport Police.

Editor’s note:  The story has been revised to reflect the fact that Moote was hit Monday afternoon and died early Tuesday morning.

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