Today’s (Monday) Columbus Day. Government offices are closed, including federal, state and local municipal facilities. Public schools are closed. There is no postal service, including mail delivery. Some banking outlets may be recognizing the holiday too.
Chicago’s annual Columbus Day Parade steps off at 1 pm.
A single-car crash west of Paxton killed two persons over the weekend. The crash happened near the intersection of 150 N and 150 East Road, apparently Saturday night. The crash was discovered Sunday when the vehicle found in a roadside ditch. The Ford County Coroner's office said both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims are identified as 19-year-old Taylor Johnson of Rantoul and a 28-year-old man.
Trooper Peter Stephan died in a car accident Friday night. It happened on Old State Road 25, south of Stair Road. Trooper Stephan was a four year veteran of the force, working from the Lafayette post.
The 27-year-old Stephan leaves behind his wife and six-month-old daughter. The Post has a squad parked out from in Lafayette to honor the trooper. An account has been established at Old National Bank on behalf of the family. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can do so at any branch of that bank.
Stephan's funeral and memorial arrangements are still being planned.
The accident happened on Old State Road 25 near Stair Road. Stephan was responding to assist another trooper during an emergency when his squad left the road, flipped and hit a utility pole.
A 19-year-old from Lowell died early Sunday following a traffic accident. Joseph Lee was pronounced dead at Franciscan Health hospital in Crown Point. The Lake County coroner's office reports emergency crews were called to the 23000 block of Colfax Street in Lowell around 4 am.
Lowell Fire Chief Clint Gorball said a vehicle left the roadway. The victim had to be extricated from the wreckage.
A University of Chicago Aeromedical Network helicopter was called to the scene. But Lee went into cardiac arrest and was rushed by ambulance to a Crown Point Hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The Lake County Sheriff's Department is investigating the cause of the accident. Tri-Creek EMS and the Shelby Fire Department also assisted with the incident.
Last Wednesday’s 4-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 1 near Georgetown took the life of a 9-year-old boy. Wyatt Pope of Georgetown died of injuries in the crash that also killed his father. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup says 9-year-old Wyatt died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana Saturday morning.
Wyatt’s dad, 29-year-old Tyler Pope, died Wednesday from injuries in that crash.
Illinois State Police reported Tyler Pope was driving a vehicle which struck two others before crossing into oncoming traffic, then hitting a third vehicle head-on. The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State Police and both the Champaign County and Vermilion County Coroner’s Offices.