Four hurt in accident on Route 121 west of Mattoon Wednesday afternoon

2013-02-20T15:46:00Z 2013-02-21T13:21:20Z Four hurt in accident on Route 121 west of Mattoon Wednesday afternoon
February 20, 2013 3:46 pm

MATTOON — An argument during which a passenger grabbed the steering wheel of a car was the apparent cause of an accident that injured four people on Illinois Route 121 west of Mattoon Wednesday afternoon.

A news release from the Coles County Sheriff's Office said the passenger, Joshua M. Pearcy of Coatsburg in western Illinois, grabbed the wheel and caused the driver, Megan E. Riley of Sullivan, to lose control. Sullivan then overcorrected and the car went into a ditch and hit a tree, the release said.

The accident took place about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday about a mile east of the Moultrie County line.

The news release said Pearcy, 21, and another passenger, David V. Pearcy, 32, of Sullivan were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. David Pearcy was still hospitalized and listed in good condition Thursday afternoon while no information on Joshua Pearcy was available, according to a Carle representative.

Riley, 23, and a third passenger, Dartha J. Chagala, 28, of Wheeler were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. SBLHC doesn't release patient condition information.

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