The Illinois State Police District 12 released information regarding a fatal traffic crash that occurred on February 3, 2019 at 1:24 a.m. on I-70 Eastbound near milepost 103 in Effingham County.
Unit 1, Cecil Hardesty, 85, Neoga, IL was pronounced deceased by the Effingham County Coroner. Unit 2, Stephanie M. Chitwood, 28, Seagonville, TX and passengers Megan A. Vice, 20, Pontoon Beach, IL and Matthew W. Stephenson, 23, Perryville, MO were transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance.
Details of the traffic accident are as follows: Unit 1 was going the wrong way traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of I-70 near milepost 103. Unit 2 was traveling westbound in the westbound lanes. Unit 1 had a head-on collision with Unit 2. Both vehicles came to rest in the median on I-70.
Charges: N/A. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.