A Saline County, Ill. man died Sunday morning after being struck by a pickup truck while walking along a rural Hamilton County, Ill. road. The victim has been identified as William G. Tison, 30 of Eldorado, Ill. According to Illinois State Police, Tony S. Dugaro, 45 of Eldorado was driving southbound on Ill. Rt. 142 when he struck Tison who was standing in the roadway. The Hamilton County coroner pronounced Tison dead at the scene, shortly after 1:15 Sunday morning. Dugaro was not injured. His 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck was heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene. Durago was cited by Illinois State Police for driving with a suspended license. An accident reconstruction officer has been assigned to investigate the accident further.
A 16-year-old Lawrenceville girl was injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday evening in Wabash County. The juvenile driver was travelling northbound in a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer on Wabash County Road 1200E when for unknown reasons she left the roadway to the east, entered a ditch and struck a culvert before becoming airborne and overturning multiple times. She was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of injuries she sustained in the crash. The driver was wearing her seat belt. Illinois State Police were assisted at the scene by the Allendale Fire Department. The driver was cited for Improper Lane Usage.
A contractor for an area home supply store was fatally shocked Friday at a home in the village of Concord in rural White County. Sheriff Doug Maier responded to a report that two men had fallen off the roof of a home Friday afternoon and quickly realized that the two had been shocked after an extension ladder they were using to access the roof had come into contact with a high-voltage power line. 23-year-old Jetzari Gonzalez of Pontoon Beach, IL was transported to the Hamilton County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His co-worker, 21-year-old Hector Gonzalez was airlifted from the scene to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville where his condition is listed as stable.
No foul play is suspected in the shooting death of a rural Crossville man Friday night. Witnesses told police that 58-year-old Ronald Lee Kirsch had been despondent and they were checking on him at his home. As the witnesses were talking to Kirsch, he apparently grabbed a gun and shot himself. The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office is investigating the case along with the White County Sheriff’s Office. Statements and evidence at the scene indicate the death was a suicide and no foul play is suspected.
Effective this Monday, Enterprise Road will be closed four miles north of Fairfield to replace the bridge over Martin Creek. Motorists should plan on taking alternate route.