BENTON, IL (KFVS) - A 17-year-old Hamilton County High School student and football player was killed in a crash that injured three other teens in Benton, Illinois Saturday.
Four teenagers were in a speeding F-250 pickup truck along Bessie Road when the 17-year-old driver who had allegedly been drinking alcohol ran a stop sign and barreled into a modular home at the intersection of Akin Blacktop Road, according to Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones.
The driver, Clay A. Kelley, 17, of rural Macedonia, was charged with aggravated DUI as a result of the crash.
Kelley was released after posting his bond of $200,000 ($20,000 cash). His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
According to Sheriff Don Jones, Kelley is being prosecuted as an adult. The crash remains under investigation and more arrests are possible.
"The crash was speed and alcohol related," Jones said in a statement.
Isaiah Mikail Snowden, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff Jones says the driver and two passengers ran from the scene.
The two passengers were later found and both suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Snowden was a student and football player at Hamilton County High School, according to fellow students who visited the crash site Sunday afternoon to pay respects.
Snowden's friend Cassidy Fox, 16, and sophomore at Hamilton County High School said he was an unforgettable character.
"If someone was down even if he didn't know you, he would walk right up to you and act like he was your best friend," Fox said. "He would be like, 'OK you can sit and tell me what's wrong' and he would let you cry about it and he wouldn't care. He wouldn't judge you for anything."
Owner of the home that was crashed into, John "Scott" Rose, is now working to pick up the pieces after this deadly crash. He said the incident is hard to believe.
"It's a little bit upsetting," Rose said. "It's a little bit more upsetting to know someone died because of someone's ignorance. It happens all the time, but you don't think it's going to happen at your house."
The truck drove over a tree in the front yard and later slammed into a corner of the home. Rose's home was knocked off its foundation, the roof caved in, and walls and doors were blown out.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash. The sheriff expects more arrests and charges to be filed in the near future.
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