Heartland under-aged driver crashes SUV; one teen dead

Teen killed, driver, 5-year-old passenger injured in crash

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - An unlicensed 15 year-old driver crashed an SUV in Randolph County, Illinois, which left a 14-year-old passenger dead and a five-year-old passenger injured.

The deadly crash happened at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 6.

According to an Illinois State Police (ISP) preliminary investigation, the 15-year-old driver from Coulterville was driving too fast east on Moffet Road near Valley Steel Road, when she lost control on the gravel.

The teen was thrown from the 2003 Silver Chevrolet SUV and received life threatening injuries. She was flown to a regional hospital for treatment.

The 14 year-old passenger, from Cutler, was partially thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

ISP reports the five-year old girl passenger, from Coulterville, was not secured in a car seat and received non-life threatening injuries. The child was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Troopers said the 15 year-old and the 14 year-old were not wearing seat belts.

The 15 year-old faces the following charges in connection with the crash:

  • no valid drivers license,
  • failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident,
  • improper lane usage,
  • operating an uninsured vehicle,
  • failure to wear seat belt
  • failure to secure a child in a child restraint

ISP said the investigation into the cash is ongoing.

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