UPDATE: Driver in Fiery Fatal Crash Had Alcohol Level Over Legal Limit


UPDATE (03/20/16) —  Winnebago County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Hintz has told Eyewitness News that 41-year-old Delilah Cleveland had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of .08. However, Hintz would not say the exact measurement.

Cleveland was driving with her two sons, 16-year-old Darryl Cleveland and 19-year-old Jonathon White, and another man in a car when they crashed on US 20 near Pecatonica Road. The car then caught fire. The crash is still under investigation.


A severely damaged guard rail and other debris littered a field off of U.S. 20 near the Stephenson County / Winnebago County line, all that’s left after a fiery, one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning.

“When officers arrived, they found a vehicle fully engulfed and two subjects [lying] near the vehicle,” Sgt. Brian Harrison, of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, said.

The two people were transported to the hospital where one, identified as 19-year-old Jonathan White, died from his injuries. The two others, who died in the car were 41-year-old Delilah Cleveland and 16-year-old Darryl Cleveland, a football player at Freeport high school. The two died after becoming trapped in the burning vehicle. Officials say their bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

Investigators are now working to figure out what lead the driver to lose control and lead to such a violent and deadly crash.

“We know the vehicle was west bound, and apparently lost control for some reason, and struck a bridge rail and …then came to rest just west of the bridge,” Sgt. Harrison added.

Police say Delilah was driving the SUV, and the man that survived was a family friend. He’s still in the hospital, but is expected to survive.


3 people are dead, and another is in the hospital, after an early morning crash near the Winnebago County/Stephenson County line.

Police say the crash happened on U.S. 20 near Pecatonica Rd. around 2:30 Sunday morning. The car was heading west bound when the driver lost control and left the road. The car then caught fire from the impact.

One person was ejected from the vehicle, and was rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. Two others in the vehicle were trapped inside the car and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Their causes of death are still being determined by the Winnebago County Coroner, and their identities are being withheld pending family notification.

The crash remains under investigation.

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