The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 6, 2012

Local man hurt in I-57 crash


CHAMPAIGN — A Danville man was injured while riding in a car that was involved in a two-car crash Wednesday night on Interstate 57 north of Champaign.

Theodore R. Trenter, 60, of Danville, was a passenger in a 2005 Chrysler 300 driven by Richard W. Roth, 41, of Urbana.

Roth was driving northbound in the right lane of I-57 near the Market Street exit around 9:47 p.m. when a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina van driven by Duane Lybarger, 66, of Champaign pulled out into the lane of traffic after being parked on the right shoulder of the highway, according to state police.

Police said Lybarger pulled out into the lane of traffic without yielding to Roth, who struck the rear of Lybarger’s van.

Lybarger’s van sustained heavy rear-end damage and caught on fire.

Lybarger and his passengers, Patricia Lybarger, 64, and Kristen A. Burtzos, 22, both of Champaign, were able to exit the van before it caught on fire. All of the occupants of the van were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana to be treated for their injuries, according to state police.

Roth’s car sustained heavy front-end damage. The passengers in Roth’s car, Trenter and Brian D. Severin, 36, of Champaign, were transported to Carle Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

A Carle spokewoman said the hospital has no record of Trenter being treated there.

State police ticketed Lybarger with failure to yield when merging in traffic. Roth was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured vehicle.