Illinois State Police have identified the Mt. Vernon woman killed in a three-vehicle accident on eastbound I-64 in Clinton County Tuesday.
Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss told WGEL 36 year old Michele D. Baker was pronounced dead at the scene after she was ejected from a vehicle in the accident. Baker was a passenger in a Toyota vehicle that was traveling eastbound on 64 in Clinton County when the car veered off the roadway and struck a parked Mack truck. A third vehicle then rear-ended the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota, a 44 year old woman from Mt. Vernon, was taken to a St. Louis area hospital via ARCH Helicopter. Two individuals from Arizona were traveling in the third vehicle involved in the crash and were treated at a Washington County hospital. State police continue to investigate the crash. The interstate was closed for several hours following the accident.
Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn has identified two juveniles who were killed in a traffic crash Wednesday in Madison County. Kyrus D. Sykes and Marcus D. Gordon, both 16 years old and both from Granite City, were traveling in a minivan that was allegedly stolen from a residence in Fairview Heights. The van was headed southbound on Route 203 in Madison County when it collided with an oncoming pickup truck. Sykes and Gordon had to be extricated from the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene. A third juvenile was thrown from the vehicle and airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck also had to be extricated before being taken to a hospital.
Police say the vehicle containing the juveniles was allegedly seen running stop signs in Madison, Illinois and reached speeds near 100 miles per hour as they fled from police.