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MATTOON (JG-TC) -- A motorist was allegedly texting while driving when he was involved in a head-on collision shortly before noon Friday on Dettro Drive, south of Walmart.

According to a Mattoon Police Department crash report, Johnie F. Stinde of Mattoon told police that he was texting on his phone and looking down while driving south on Dettro. According to the report, Stinde told police that he then looked up and found that he was driving south in the northbound lane.

Stinde's vehicle collided head on with a northbound vehicle driven by Brenda F. Russell of Greenup. A Mattoon Fire Department ambulance took Stinde to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries. Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Service took Russell to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Stinde was ticketed for aggravated use of an electronic communication device and for improper lane use.


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