According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened just before 10 p.m., as a car was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 37. According to the preliminary investigation, at that time the car left the roadway, traveled on the right shoulder, and then the driver “overcorrected” and the car entered the northbound lane and struck two motorcycles in a “head-on” collision.
Two people on one of the motorcycles were identified by the Marion County Coroner as Terry Hatcher, 50 (the motorcyclist) of Centralia and Rhonda Hatcher, 49 (the passenger) of Centralia. Terry Hatcher was pronounced dead at the accident scene; Rhonda Hatcher was airlifted to Salem Township Hospital, where she later died.
The other motorcyclist was identified as Stephen Jackson, 57, of Centralia. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, and then flown to St. Louis University Hospital.
The driver of the car was identified as Roy Albert, 37, of Salem. He was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.
An excerpt from the May 31, 2016 wjbdradio.com article titled “Two Killed When Out of Control Car Strikes Motorcycles Head On Monday Night Near Kell“:
Albert was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
An excerpt from the May 31, 2016 x95radio.com article titled “Centralia couple killed in motorcycle/car crash; two others injured“:
The Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the dynamics and details of the crash. Kell Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County ESDA, and Marion County EMS all assisted with the incident.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the wjbdradio.com and x95radio.com articles mentioned above.
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