An investigation by the Illinois State Police and a crash reconstruction unit, along with the Fayette County Coroner's Office is underway after the death of a motorist on a recent Thursday morning. The fatal car accident reportedly occurred not far from St. Elmo on Interstate 70. An accident report indicates that the traffic on the interstate was at a standstill at the time of the crash.
Imagine seeing a life-threatening occurrence unfolding while traveling on an Illinois highway; the fear and indecision of how to avoid it must be indescribable. An elderly couple of Robinson might have had to cope with such fear before a recent crash that claimed their lives. Edgar County Police reported the fatal car accident.
An Illinois woman seems to have suffered a cardiac arrest during a crash in Joliet on a recent Sunday evening. This is still being debated because the coroner declared that the 63-year-old woman died from injuries suffered in the car accident, but the police reported that a medical condition caused her death. An autopsy is reportedly planned that will bring clarity about the cause of her death.
A 25-year-old student at Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville School of Business recently lost his life on a street in St. Louis. This car accident -- initially believed to have involved two vehicles -- is still under investigation. First reports indicated that one vehicle entered an intersection on a green light, striking a pedestrian and tossing him into the path of another car.
The Illinois State Police recently expressed their concern over the alarming increase in fatalities on the state's roads. A spokesperson for District 16 reported that the year to date increase in car accident fatalities in that district is 133 percent. State Police say that up to April 21, 289 lives had been lost on Illinois roadways this year, compared to 231 for the same period last year. That is a disturbing increase -- particularly considering that statistics show that over 94 percent of vehicle occupants are buckling up their seatbelts.