Murphysboro teen killed in morning car crash

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - An early morning car crash in Randolph County, IL claims the life of a Murphysboro Lady Red Devil's basketball player.

Around 5 a.m. on Saturday, police were called to the scene of the deadly crash near the intersection of County Road 5, and Wine Hill Road.

When officers arrived they found three people, and a Jeep flipped off the side of the road.

Halylie Hines, 18, was pronounced dead, Chris Allen, 21, was flown to a St. Louis hospital in critical condition, and Jacob Bryant, 20, was taken to Chester Hospital.

Bryant was also the owner of the Jeep and was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon.

The Hines' family is just beginning to mourn Halylie's death.

"She was always doing funny things and joking around," said Rhonda Hines, Halylie's mother. "She was friends with everybody, there was never a dull moment."

Rhonda Hines says, Halylie enjoyed sports from an early age as a young softball player, and her skills on the hardwoods became evident as she got older.

"When she and her sisters were younger they used to be real competitive, and race around the house and stuff to see who was the fastest," said Rhonda Hines. "When she was in the 5th Grade she won the 1-mile run for the 5th graders."

Halylie led the offense for the Murphysboro Lady Red Devils Basketball Team for the past three years.

During her final year as a Senior lead her team in points, most of the games.

A phone call on Saturday morning is one Halylie's mother will never forget.

"At 7:30 they called and said I needed to come to the hospital, they didn't tell me it was bad like it was," Hines said. "So I drove all the way to Chester not knowing, hoping and then I get there and she is gone. It's just unbelievable."

The visitation services for Halylie Hines are set for Tuesday Feb. 22 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Murphysboro High School Memorial Gymnasium.

Funeral services will be graveside at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park at 11 a.m., family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Office is not releasing any information about the crash at this time. The Illinois State Police assisted the sheriff's office with their investigation.

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