Sheriff’s office investigating fatal crash


Sheriff’s deputies respond to multiple crashes

Staff report



The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple crashes throughout Wednesday afternoon and evening.

On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office continued investigating the Wednesday evening wreck that killed Urbana resident Warren Stevens.

At 6:27 p.m. Wednesday, the Champaign Countywide Communication Center received multiple 911 calls in reference to a serious crash at the intersection of North Ludlow Road and Kanagy Road.

West Liberty Fire, Macochee EMS, Urbana Fire and EMS along with sheriff deputies responded to the location.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 1998 Ford Expedition was traveling westbound on East Kanagy Road. The occupants in the vehicle were Kristen Reed, 44, of St. Paris, and Pauline Reed, 68, of Urbana.

The sheriff’s office says the Ford Expedition failed to stop at a stop sign and t-boned a 2014 Honda Accord driven by Stevens northbound on North Ludlow Road. Stevens’ vehicle was spun around and was hit in the rear by a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 truck traveling southbound on North Ludlow Road.

The occupants in the Ford Expedition were transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital via squad with non-life threatening injuries. Both were treated and released.

The truck was occupied by Tracy Leighty, 29, of Mt. Gilead. Leighty was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine with non-life threatening injuries. Leighty was treated and released from the hospital as of Thursday afternoon.

The Multi-County Crash Investigation Team consisting of Union, Hardin, Logan and Champaign County deputies was called to investigate.

Other crashes

At 4:01 p.m., the Champaign Countywide Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to a single-vehicle crash in the 7000 block of Stevenson Road. The Northeast Champaign County Fire District EMS and sheriff deputies responded.

At the scene, it was found that a red 1997 Honda Civic in the 7000 block of Stevenson Road hydroplaned on the wet roadway and spun into a cornfield.

The 16-year-old driver from St. Paris was treated at the scene for minor injuries and cited for failure to control.

At 7:32 p.m., the Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to a single-vehicle crash in which a vehicle struck a pole at state Route 29 and Harper Road. Mechanicsburg Fire and EMS responded to the scene but disregarded due to no injuries. The crash remained under investigation by the sheriff’s office as of Thursday.

At 7:37 p.m., the Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to a vehicle going down a steep embankment and into a creek, landing on the passenger side.

The crash occurred in the area of 5391 Catawba Mechanicsburg Road. Mechanicsburg Fire and EMS along with sheriff deputies responded to the scene.

At the scene, the driver of a silver 2005 Pontiac, Emily Yoder, 18, of Mechanicsburg, was uninjured and advised that she lost control of her vehicle sliding across the roadway down the steep embankment. The crash remained under investigation by the sheriff’s office as of Thursday.

At 10:13 p.m., sheriff’s deputies came across a possible injury accident at East U.S. Highway 36 and state Route 814. At the scene no injuries were reported, but heavy damage was sustained to both vehicles including airbag deployment.

A green 1998 Honda Accord driven by Elijah Sanborn, 18, was traveling southbound on state Route 814 and stopped at the stop sign. Sanborn turned too wide westbound onto U.S. Highway 36 striking a black 1995 Honda driven by Tristian Kelso, 18, of Cable, almost head on.

Sanborn was cited for driving left of center in a motor vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies respond to multiple crashes

Staff report

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