On April 12, 2014, a woman crossing the median at I-39 near milepost 31 near Wenona (about four exits north of the Minonk exit) collided head-on with another vehicle, resulting in one death and several serious injuries.
The Marshall County Coroner’s office pronounced Nancy Hylla, 83 years old, dead at the scene.
The driver of the oncoming vehicle, Robert Limke, 44 years old, was also seriously injured and listed as in critical condition.
After colliding with Limke’s car, Hylla’s car continued southbound in the northbound lane and collided with Richard Scoles, 62 years old, and Sally Scoles, 61 years old, both of Streator.
A fourth vehicle, driven by Danny Clifford, 66 years old, in an attempt to avoid the oncoming car, drove into the median and rolled over. Clifford and a passenger, Deborah Clifford, 57 years old, were injured as well.
Witnesses say Hylla was driving erratically, including driving without headlights prior to the accident.
Absent any intervening cause, such as an epileptic seizure, it is clear that Hylla was at fault for driving her vehicle across the median and into oncoming traffic. It is very unfortunate for Hylla’s death.
However, this sort of reckless driving is compensable to the victims for their injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of normal life and other types of damages.
You can find more information about this accident on the Peoria Journal Star or the Pantagraph websites.