When individuals are in their early 20s, ideas about what will happen in the rest of their lives are often at the forefront of their thoughts. Some people may consider traveling or taking on a new job, and the idea of dying young may not be one that they give much credence too. Unfortunately, young people can just as easily be victims of a car accident as older individuals, and their lives can be cut short.
A recent head-on crash near Freeburg will likely result in DUI and marijuana charges for a 20-year-old woman. She suffered serious head injuries, according to authorities. The police were waiting for the woman to be released from the hospital to charge her for her role in the head-on collision.
Car accidents come in all shapes and sizes, and those involving a school bus are particularly frightening. One such collision occurred in St. Clair County on the afternoon of Dec.15 on Highway 161 between North County Road and Silver Creek Bridge, sending one of the drivers to a Belleville hospital.A 19-year-old boy driving a 1995 Honda Prelude lost control of his vehicle and struck a school bus coming in the opposite direction. The car accident happened about 4 p.m., and fortunately there were no students on the school bus. While the 51-year-old bus driver emerged from the crash uninjured, the young driver of the Prelude was banged up and taken to a Belleville hospital for treatment. After an investigation, the cause of the accident was initially said to be attributed to a mechanical error in the Honda, and police did not issue any traffic citations at the scene. Both the school bus, which ended up in a ditch, and the Honda Prelude were totaled.
Many residents of St. Clair County rise early each day of the week and head to jobs or school. The story is the same for people in every state and every town. For most, the commute to work is typically mundane and uneventful. Unfortunately, however, what starts as a normal commute can end in tragedy. Recently, a 62-year-old Prairie du Roacher woman was injured, and a 59-year-old man from Baldwin, Illinois, was killed in a car accident during just such a morning commute.The accident took place shortly after 6 a.m. when the 59-year-old man had completed his job delivering newspapers for the Belleville News-Democrat. Police have confirmed that the man drifted across the center line, colliding head-on with the 62-year-old woman's SUV. The car accident occurred just south of Route 3 in Monroe County on Kaskaskia Road. The woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Emergency rescuers made attempts to free the man from his vehicle, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.