Motorcycle Fatality During Multiple-Vehicle Accident In Perry County, Illinois

On April 1, Illinois State Police responded to a six-vehicle accident on US51 in Perry County, Illinois, that involved a motorcycle fatality.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., on US51 a half mile north of Kimzey Road.

A motorist, Tommy Harris, 42, of Clarksville, TN, was driving northbound and tried to pass a minivan.

At that time, four motorcycles were approaching in the opposing southbound lanes.  Harris then attempted to get back into his lane, and in the process struck the minivan.  The collision caused Harris to lose control of his vehicle, and he he hit a Harley ridden by Roy Hackworth, 61, of Pinchneyvile.

Hackworth and his passenger, Laurie Jenkel,  suffered minor injuries and were treated at the accident scene.

Three other motorcycles attempted to avoid a collision, and in the process fell to the pavement.

As stated in an Illinois State Police release:

Derick Jenkel, 35, of Tamaroa, was airlifted to Barnes in St Louis. His passenger, M. Arlene Hackworth, 56, of Pinckneyville, was fatally injured.

Scott Meadows, 38, of Pinckneyville, suffered major injuries and was airlifted to St Louis University Hospital.

Frank Rimnac, 31, of Pinckneyville, and his passenger, Samantha Orr, 24, were treated at Pinckneyville Hospital.

After the truck hit the motorcycle, it left the road and went into a field where it overturned. Besides Harris, in the truck were Jason Coffel, 38, of Du Quoin; Chanda Schriefer, 31, of Centralia; a 13 year old girl and a 12 year old boy, both of Centralia. The 13 year old girl was airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Hospital. The 12 year old and Schriefer were taken to Marshall Browning for treatment.

Harris was arrested for a variety of charges including: DUI alcohol, endangering the life of a child, driving while license suspended, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and other traffic charges.  Additional charges are also pending.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the April 2 WSIL-TV article titled “One Killed in Multiple Vehicle Wreck In Perry County


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