The jury heard evidence collected by Illinois State Police accident
reconstructionists and autopsy results from Dr. Travis Hindman of
Evidence indicated that Klokkenga, the single
occupant driving a late-model pickup truck, did not stop at a stop
sign while heading south on 700th Avenue. He was struck by Tim
Smith, who was driving east on 2600th Street in a white pickup
Smith had no stop sign and was in the right of way.
The accident was just outside Emden, on the Emden spur.
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Klokkenga was declared dead at the scene. According to the
autopsy report, Klokkenga suffered multiple damages to the brain.
The cause of death was brain stem and brain injuries due to injuries
sustained in a two-vehicle accident. The damage was such that the
brain could not sustain life.
The jury ruled that Klokkenga's death was accidental, but
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