3 teens killed, 2 others injured in Franklin County, Ill. crash

The three teens killed in a weekend crash in Franklin County, Ill. were students at Benton Consolidated High School, according to school leaders.
Published: Sep. 16, 2023 at 11:37 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2023 at 11:15 AM CDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - Three teenagers are dead and two others are injured following a crash in rural Benton, Illinois.

According to Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler, the three teens are 17-year-old Bradley Williams, 15-year-old Joecy Padavic and 16-year-old Landen Agnitsch.

Funeral arrangements have been made for all three.

Services for Williams and Padavic will be handled by Leffler Funeral Home.

Union Funeral Home will handle services for Agnitsch.

Around 4:55 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crash in rural Franklin County. Deputies responded and found a single-vehicle crash.

According to a statement from Franklin County Sheriff Kyle Bacon, there were three confirmed deaths as a result of the crash.

Two students from West Frankfort who were also in the vehicle were injured.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Community mourns

According to the Benton Consolidated High School, the three teens were students at the school.

A news release sent on Monday stated:

Benton Mayor Lee Messersmith posted a statement on Facebook following the deadly crash. Messersmith asked those in Benton to have the families affected in their prayers, thoughts and actions.

West Frankfort Mayor Tim Arview shared a statement Sunday morning.

Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton opened their doors for those who wanted to pray or be prayed for after the crash.

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night, September 17 at Tabor Field.

Franklin County leaders temporarily closed Benton Field Road.

According to Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, the road will be closed to to non-resident traffic for the safety of family and friends visiting the crash site.

EMA said the closure is for the safety of pedestrians gathering in the area.