Two Teens Killed After Wreck
By: Carly O'Keefe
GALATIA, Ill. - A one-car wreck claimed the life of two Saline County teenagers Wednesday evening.
Witnesses told the Saline County Sheriff's Department, that 18-year-old Holly Manning of Galatia was driving through the county at speeds in more than 70 miles per hour. Manning allegedly sped through a stop sign on Hickory Street in Galatia and drove through the 'T' intersection at Edwards Street, hitting a tree head on.
Manning was pronounced dead at the scene by Saline County Deputy Coroner Tracy Felty. The passenger, 18-year-old Courtnay Ours was airlifted to an Evansville hospital where she later passed away as a result injuries sustained in the crash.
Manning's family tells Heartland News she was a beautiful, outgoing girl who was loved by everyone. They also say she liked to party a bit too much. Unfortunately, that trait may have lead to her death. Family members believe she was driving impaired. Police are waiting on toxicology reports to determine if that was the case.
Both girls were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, but because of the high rate of speed upon impact, seat belts couldn't do much to help save their lives.