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Single vehicle crash results in death of one passenger, potential DUI charges

The driver of a fatal crash that occurred at 12:15 p.m. this past Thursday, August 28, is now facing preliminary charges of driving under the influence of drugs after one woman was killed in the single-vehicle collision on Interstate 57.

The vehicle driver was operating a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer north on Interstate 57 when one of his tires blew out, causing him to lose control of the vehicle that then traveled into a ditch and rolled over. Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters estimated that the vehicle was traveling between 65 and 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash. In addition to potential DUI charges, the driver may face penalties for improper lane usage.

Three passengers were riding in the Mountaineer at the time of the crash. One woman riding in the back was not wearing her seatbelt. She was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the two other passengers, a pregnant 33-year-old and a 31-year-old male, were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. While their conditions are currently unavailable, Waters reported that the two men were able to walk to the ambulance.