FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — A 22-year-old Freeport man was killed on Friday when he was hit by a car.
Officers responded to the area of Business 20 West and W. Lily Creek Road around 2:49 p.m. for reports of a car vs. pedestrian traffic crash, according to the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office. They found the 22-year-old dead when they arrived.
The victim, Kody Newman, was later identified by members of the metalcore band Backhand Betrayal, for whom he was the frontman. The band said it would dedicate a forthcoming EP in his memory.
Police said Newman had been hit by a westbound vehicle, which was found stopped alongside Business 20 West near Harlem Center Road. The female driver was being detained at the time of this writing.