Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadded has identified the victim of a Tuesday crash as 18-year-old Daisy A. Garcia-Hightower of Catlin.

The crash occurred at Vermilion County Road 2200 North and State Line Road.

Illinois State Police said Garcia-Hightower’s car was turning north onto State Line Road when it pulled into the path of a southbound car driven by a 20-year-old man from Covington, Ind. Garcia-Hightower’s car came to rest in the east ditch. She was declared deceased at the scene.

The Covington man and his female passenger were taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The Illinois State Police and Vermilion County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the incident

I-74 fatality

McFadden also identified a semi-driver who died in an Aug. 1 crash along Interstate 74 as 46-year-old Kurt R. Bergmann of Janesville, Wis.

The fatal crash was one of two separate accidents a few miles apart in the westbound lanes of I-74.

Police said Bergmann was driving a semitrailer truck that struck a semitrailer truck driven by a Pennsylvania man and a straight truck driven by Mark R. Dettman, 58, of Milledgeville, Ill. The latter two trucks had slowed for the traffic backup from a previous accident on I-74.

Bergmann’s truck became engulfed in flames.

The first accident that afternoon was related to traffic slowed for a construction zone.

The two accidents snarled traffic between Danville and St. Joseph for several hours. At one point, the eastbound lanes of I-74 also were shut down due to heavy smoke from the truck fire.

Westbound I-74 traffic was diverted at the Oakwood exit onto U.S. Route 150, but for a while the eastbound off-ramp at Oakwood was closed due to traffic congestion. The eastbound off-ramp at Oakwood was reopened when the westbound lanes of I-74 reopened early Aug. 2.

The Illinois State Police, Oakwood Fire Department and Vermilion County Coroner’s office continue to investigate the accident.

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