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
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.