1 dead, 9 injured, man arrested after multiple motorcycle, pickup crash

Published: Apr. 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM CDT
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TAMAROA, IL (KFVS) - One person is dead, nine people were injured, and a man arrested on several charges including reckless homicide after a multiple motorcycle, pickup truck, van crash Sunday evening in Perry County, Illinois.

It happened at 5:17 p.m. on Route 51, one and a half miles south of Tamaroa.  That is also a half mile north of Kimsey Road.  Six vehicles were involved.

Two of the injured were flown to hospitals and three others were taken by ambulance to area hospitals, according to Tamaroa Police.  One of those flown to the hospital was a 13-year-old girl.

According to ISP, Thomas Harris, 43, of Clarksville, Tenn. was driving a white 2001 Chevy Silverado and tried to pass a red Chrysler van driven by Jo Ellen Lohnes, 40, of Traymont, Ill.

As the Chevy tried to pass the Chrysler in the northbound lane, six motorcycles were driving south.

The Chevy pickup failed to complete the pass, and hit the van while he was trying to get back into the northbound lanes.

The Chevy spun out of control and went back into southbound lanes, hit a Harley motorcycle driven by Roy I. Hackworth, 61, of Pinckneyville.  He and his passenger Laurie A. Jenkel, 42, of Tamaroa were treated for minor injuries.

As the bikes behind Hackworth tried to avoid the collision, three went to the pavement.

Derick Clay Jenkel, 35, of Tamaroa was driving a Harley with M. Arlene Hackworth, 56, of Pinckneyville. M. Arlene Hackworth died in the crash.

Jenkel was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital with major injuries.

Scott E. Meadows, 38, of Pinckneyville was driving a Harley.  He was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital with major injuries.

Frank P. Rimnac, 31, of Pinckneyville was driving a Harley with passenger Samantha L. Orr, 24, of Fairbury, Ill.  Rimnac and Orr were taken to a Pinckneyville hospital with injuries.

After the Chevy hit Hackworth's motorcycle, the pickup truck went into a field where it flipped.

Passengers in the Chevy pickup include Jason I. Coffel, 38, of DuQuoin, Chanda Schriefer, 31 of Centralia, a 13-year-old girl, and 12-year-old boy both of Centralia.

Schriefer and the 12-year-old boy were taken to a DuQuoin hospital.

The 13-year-old girl was taken to Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis.

Harris and Coffel refused treatment at the scene.

Harris is charged with for one count of reckless homicide, 10 counts of aggravated DUI, one count of driving while license suspended, one county of improper lane usage, one count of improper overtaking, one count of driving too fast for conditions, and one count of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Harris was taken to the Perry County Jail on $250,000 bond.

None of the motorcyclists were wearing helmets.

Both lanes of Route 51 both lanes were shut down for several hours 1.5 miles south of Tamaroa.

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