©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
|One Teen Killed, Another Injured, in Crash West of Altona; Details Released
|UPDATED 5:53pm 5/26/09 A teenager is dead, and another is injured after the car the two were in crashed late Monday afternoon in rural Knox County.
The Knox County Sheriffs Department says deputies and local ambulances were called to the 1300 block of Knox County Highway Four, west of Altona, around 10 minutes to four Monday afternoon.
Deputies say a vehicle driven by 16-year old Alex Roberts listed as being from the Altona area was westbound on County Four when it went off the north side of the road, overturned, and came to rest in Walnut Creek. Roberts, deputies say, was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
Roberts was a student at ROWVA High School, where Superintendent Lloyd Little tells WGIL he's saddened by the death. "It's a tragedy any time there's an accident and there's the loss of the life of a young child," Little said. "The future and the prospects of this child had to fulfill their potential are not going to be met."
Little says staff members are grieving as much as students are. He says grief counselors and ministers are on campus available for any students who may need them.
Sheriffs deputies say a passenger in the vehicle, 16-year old Monika Mahnesmith also from the Altona area, was taken to a Galesburg hospital, but was later transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where a spokesperson says she is in serious condition. Mahnesmith was also a student at ROWVA.
Deputies are releasing no other details about the accident.
To find out details about funeral services for Roberts, CLICK HERE.
(Alex Roberts. Photo submitted by Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home.)
|05 25 09 by Newsroom
Click here for the WGIL News Archive
Click here for national news
The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.