MATTOON (JG-TC) — Two Mattoon residents were among the 10 people who needed medical attention after a four-vehicle accident Saturday night on Illinois Route 16 at Lerna Road that resulted in the death of a Springfield woman.
A report that the Mattoon Police Department released Tuesday afternoon identified Keri L. Cox and Charles R. Keller of Mattoon as two of the drivers whose vehicles were involved. Their vehicles, along with the one driven by Rosemary Ryan of Springfield, were westbound and had stopped or slowed for a traffic light at the intersection when the accident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The report indicated that Michael P. Fogarty of Chicago was driving at a high rate of speed and hit the rear of Ryan’s vehicle, pushing it into Cox’s, which then hit Keller’s.
The collision caused the death of one of Ryan’s passengers, Amy C. Thomas, 40, also of Springfield. She died from her accident-related injuries Sunday afternoon at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Fogarty, 25, was cited for driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and not wearing a seat belt, according to the police report.
The report also said all four drivers were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center after the accident. SBLHC doesn’t release information on the condition of its patients.
Two other passengers in Ryan’s vehicle, Barbara J.S. Shea and Tamalyn K. Jones, both of Springfield, were also take to Carle, the report said. Jones was still hospitalized and listed in fair condition on Tuesday, while Shea had been released, according to a Carle representative.
The report also listed two minors that police didn’t identify who were passengers in Ryan’s vehicle and one in Keller’s vehicle who were also taken to SBLHC.