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Man sentenced in fatal Rockford motorcycle crash

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A man has been sentenced to three years probation and 180 days in the Winnebago County Jail for Aggravated DUI Alcohol Involving Death.

Sixty-year-old Ricky Tapp was charged for a July 2009 incident in which he crashed his motorcycle, killing his passenger, Margaret Dahl. Officers say they were responding to an alarm around 8:45 p.m. on July 10, 2009 when they approached the intersection of Guilford and Perryville, slowing to down to see if traffic was clear.

A group of motorcycles was spotted coming to a stop, with one bike appearing to have smoke coming from the back tire. The driver, Ricky Tapp, appeared to have lost control of the motorcycle, as he came up behind the group at a high rate of speed. Both he and Dahl flew off the bike, hitting the pavement. Dahl later died of head injuries.

During his medical treatment, a blood draw showed Tapp to have a BAC above the legal limit. He was also speeding at the time of the crash, according to crash reconstruction.

Tapp pled guilty to the charge on January 4, 2013.

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