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Man identified in deadly Kickapoo Creek Rd. crash

PEORIA COUNTY - A 28-year-old Pekin man was killed in a crash on Kickapoo Creek Road Friday. 

The Peoria County Coroner says Jeffrey Hess was the only occupant of his car, which collided head-on with an SUV. Emergency responders tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead on the scene. 

The other driver was a 24-year-old expectant mother, who was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The baby was delivered stillborn Friday evening. 

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is investigating what caused the crash, and whether Hess was wearing a seatbelt. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday. 

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