Monticello, IL (January 13, 2020) – A crash on Saturday, January 11th, south of Monticello, Illinois, killed one woman and left another man seriously injured. The accident occurred near the intersection of IL-105 and E. 1350 North Road at around 2:01 p.m. Initial reports revealed that Conrad Gillespie, 22, of Bement, Illinois was driving a 2008 Honda Accord on IL-105 NB when he entered the southbound lanes to pass a 2016 Ford Fiesta driven by Arthur Anderson, 51, of Bement.
While attempting to pass the other vehicle, Gillespie collided head-on with a 2012 Nissan Sentra driven by woman, 56, of Bement. The impact caused the Sentra to collide with Anderson’s vehicle. The woman driving the Sentra was pronounced dead at the scene, while Gillespie was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of sustained injuries. Anderson was also injured in the crash.
Gillespie was cited for improper passing, improper lane usage, and possession of recreational cannabis. An investigation into the incident is currently in progress.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Wrong-Way Crashes in Illinois
Wrong-way crashes are not the most common, but when they do happen, they often result in catastrophic injuries. The Federal Highway Administration reports that 300 to 400 people are killed in wrong-way accidents each year. These accidents are often caused by negligent or inattentive drivers who enter into oncoming traffic.
Hitting another vehicle head-on can be fatal. When a victim is killed, their families often have to deal with the financial consequences of the accident. An experienced Illinois wrongful death attorney can help families recover deserved compensation.
Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. believes in helping families who have recently lost a family member in a sudden crash. We want to help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions. Give us a call at (312) 425-0401 to discuss your case.
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