CHARLESTON — An Indiana man was driving under the influence of alcohol and using a cell phone during an accident that killed a rural Mattoon woman on Tuesday, according to the Coles County Sheriff's Office.
James W. Miller, 56, of Terre Haute was southbound on Loxa Road and failed to stop at the intersection of Illinois Route 316, a news release from the sheriff's office said.
Miller's vehicle collided with the driver's side of the eastbound vehicle driven by April L. Fisher, 38, 2944 E. Lake Paradise Road, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.
The release said Miller was found to be under the influence of alcohol after he was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, following the accident. He was still hospitalized there and listed in good condition on Wednesday, according to a Carle representative.
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It also said Miller was also ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobeying a stop sign.
The accident took place about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection about a mile north of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.