Former Albert Lea doctor, wife die in Illinois car crash

Published 8:24 pm Friday, June 8, 2018

A former Albert Lea doctor and his wife died Wednesday in a crash in rural Warren County in Illinois.

Thoburn Thompson, 86, and Miriam Temple, 84, both of Cedar Falls, Iowa, were killed as a result of the wreck, according to the Pekin Daily Times.

Thompson had been named Albert Lea District 241 Citizen of the Year in 2002.

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According to the newspaper, Temple was driving a 2015 Nissan Altima, with Thompson as her passenger. They were headed west on 270th Avenue, according to the Illinois State Police.

The Altima reportedly stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Illinois Routes 94 and 135, but failed to yield to a northbound 2001 Ford Taurus, driven by Robert Gates, 29, of Aledo, Illinois, the newspaper states. Gates’ car struck the driver’s-side door of the Altima.

Temple died at the scene, and Thompson died at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Gates was hospitalized with injuries deemed not life-threatening, and his two passengers were treated and released from OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth, Illinois.