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Mt. Morris teen killed in early morning accident

An 18-year-old Mt. Morris teenager was killed early Wednesday morning when his car struck a utility pole west of Oregon.

Marc Cothard, 18, Mt. Morris, was pronounced dead at the scene following the 2:24 a.m. accident.

According to an Ogle County Sheriff's Department news release, Cothard was driving his car eastbound in the 1,000 block of Oregon Trail Road when the vehicle went off the right side of the road in a curve and struck a utility pole on the south side of the road.

Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said deputies were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Police Department, Oregon Ambulance Service, and Oregon Fire Department.

Cothard was a 2012 graduate of Oregon High School and was active in the school's musical performances.

Harn said the accident remains under investigation.

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