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New Baden veteran dies after motorcycle crash

Jason Stillwell died from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash July 30. Here he poses with his girlfriend, Penny.
Jason Stillwell died from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash July 30. Here he poses with his girlfriend, Penny.

A 41-year-old New Baden man has died after he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in late July.

Jason Stillwell died Wednesday afternoon, about a week-and-a-half after his motorcycle crashed on Illinois 4. He was driving just south of Interstate 64 shortly before midnight July 30 when his motorcycle left the road, and he was thrown from the bike. He was not wearing a helmet during the crash and suffered severe head trauma.

“You will always be fondly remembered as the kind-hearted, considerate and absolutely hilarious friend that you were to everyone you met (almost everyone... if you know J, you know he was stubborn and sarcastic, and we all loved that about him),” Megan Meehan, one of Stillwell’s friends, posted on Facebook. “I’m fortunate to have had you in my life...Heaven gained a truly amazing angel today.”

Stillwell was an Army veteran and leaves behind two children.

Stillwell’s family has set up a GoFundMe to support him and his two children. The Dairy Queen in Nashville is also having a fundraiser Aug. 12 from 12-5 p.m. to help the family cover funeral and medical expenses.

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