On 04/25/17 at approximately 2030 hours, Ogle County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 8000 block of North Illinois Route 2 to a report of a motorcycle accident. Upon further investigation it was learned that William Wise Jr., age 51 of Rockford, was traveling Northbound on Illinois Route 2 when he drove off the roadway and into the eastbound ditch. The motorcycle traveled approximately 305 feet in the ditch before striking a tree. Wise was later pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ogle County Coroner’s Office. Ogle County Deputies were assisted on scene by the Byron Police Department and Byron Fire Department. The accident remains under investigation.