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By Carissa Sitki
A Calhoun County couple was killed last Friday, June 17, when they hit a deer with their motorcycle around 9:19 p.m.
The victims of this fatal accident were Frank and Linda Murphy of Golden Eagle. Frank, age 73, was driving the bike and Linda, age 64, was the passenger.
Based on a preliminary investigation by the Illinois State Police (ISP), the Murphys’ 1997 Honda Gold Wing was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 16, approximately 0.2 miles east of St. Marys Road in Jersey County, when they struck a deer that was in the road. Frank lost control of the bike and struck a ditch. Both Linda and Frank were found deceased at the scene.
No more information, regarding this crash, was available at press time due to an error with the ISP’s records system. Any updates to this case will be published in next week’s edition.
The Murphys’ shared obituary, with service details, can be found on page A4 of this issue.