Palestine, IL (August 14, 2020) – Three people were killed and another injured following a single-vehicle collision in Crawford County early on Wednesday morning, August 12, at around 1:22 a.m. The crash reportedly took place near the intersection of IL-33 and North Highway Street, according to local authorities.
Initial reports from the Illinois State Police revealed that 21-year-old Skyler Williams of Lawrenceville, Illinois was driving a 2019 black Dodge Challenger eastbound on IL-33 east of North Highway Street in Palestine at the time of the accident. The vehicle had three passengers, identified as 20-year-old Kodey Burns from Robinson, Illinois, 23-year-old Morgan Wells from Loogootee, Indiana, and an unidentified 13-year-old boy from Vincennes, Indiana.
According to local reports, Williams failed to navigate a curve and left the roadway. The vehicle struck a pole before coming to a stop near the tree line. The two rear-seat passengers, Burns and the teenager, were ejected from the vehicle. Both sustained fatal injuries.
Wells was taken to a nearby medical facility for the treatment of sustained injuries. No updates on her condition are currently available.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is being managed by state troopers.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of Skyler Williams, Kodey Burns, and the other deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Car Accidents in Crawford County
Vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Illinois residents. Traveling the roads of the state can be extremely dangerous, and it only takes the actions of one driver to cause a catastrophic accident. Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation reveals that there were 281,788 reported vehicle collisions across the state in 2011, an average of 772 collisions taking place each day. That year, 835 crashes contributed to the deaths of 918 people in the state.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence are nearly unbearable. Surviving family members often take on damages resulting from the accident, and they may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced Illinois car crash attorney. In an Illinois wrongful death claim, a representative of the decedent’s estate — usually a close family member — seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death to obtain compensation for damages.
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