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Kirkland woman killed in crash

KIRKLAND – An 80-year-old Kirkland woman was killed when her Chevrolet Tahoe collided with a 15-foot-wide agricultural planter Friday north of Kirkland.

Joyce C. Villers, of the 6600 block of Cherry Valley Road, was driving north on Pearl Street north of Wolf Road about 11:40 a.m., according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. She crested a hill and came upon a southbound John Deere tractor pulling a farming implement.

"Neither one of them saw each other until they were reasonably close," Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said.

The implement likely was partially in Villers' lane, as it was 15-feet wide and the lane is 11 feet wide, Dumdie said. Villers was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 17-year-old Genoa boy driving the tractor was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital with no visible injuries, Dumdie said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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