Monday afternoon a ten-year old boy drove his all terrain vehicle onto a road in front of a pickup truck he apparently didn’t see. CHP officer Bryan Savage said, “the driver of the truck never saw the young man until the impact. He said truly all he saw was his helmet when he was right in front of his vehicle.” The 10-year-old boy was killed instantly. A passenger in the pickup was injured when it swerved into a power pole knocking down lines for half a mile in each direction. The boy had been riding along a canal bank just ahead of his brother when he entered the roadway. Neighbor Penny Collins said it’s a popular place for AVT and motorcycle riders. “They cross this main highway to come out and ride their motorcycles and they usually don’t stop”
18-year-old, Kristopher Lee Sweigart, was driving his Chrysler convertible when he struck a guard rail and then the back of a semi-trailer truck due to him not being able to reduce his speed as he approached a construction zone on the highway. A third vehicle, a 1995 Nissan driven by Sylvestre Sanchez-Garcia, 18, was able to avoid the other two vehicles, police said, but his vehicle spun around several times before landing in a ditch. According to the report, Sweigart had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was listed in good condition Wednesday.
While Peter R. Holland was trying to be a Good Samaritan and help render aid to victims of a car accident he was sadly killed by another vehicle that struck him. The couple in the first accident were headed southbound when the car ran off the road on a curve and struck a tree. Holland came to their aid and was standing just off the roadway when another vehicle ran off the road on the same curve. The others involved had only minor injuries.
Alcohol or drugs are believed to be a factor in a two-car accident that injured one man. Randall L. Persinger was headed eastbound when his Nissan Maxima went off the road. After overcorrecting Persinger hit a Toyota 4Runner also going east. The other driver, David M. Bock was not hurt, but Persinger was taken to Kadlee Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. This accident is still being investigated for the relation of alcohol and drugs.
High School Senior, Tabitha Stanton, was involved in a fatal car accident this past weekend. Riding home with fellow volleyball team members from a tournament that day Stanton was one of three people in the car that was sideswiped when a pick-up truck lost control and hit her vehicle. The collision caused Stanton’s vehicle to overturn and eject all three people in the car. Stanton was transported to Sparrow hospital where she was pronounced dead about an hour after arrival.