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UPDATE: Iroquois County men identified as Kankakee I-57 crash victims

The Kankakee County Coroner's Office has identified the three men who died in a single-vehicle car crash this (Monday) on U.S. Route 45/52.

The driver of the car was 25-year-old Lukas Frye of Milford. 56-year-old Randy Gates of Kankakee was a front-seat passenger. Also killed was 43-year-old Eddie Sarkozi of Iroquois.

Another passenger, the only one to survive the crash, has not been identified. He was able to free himself from the car. He was taken to an area hospital.

The southbound car hit a pole. The vehicle ended up in a culvert. The driver, Frye was ejected. The two other victims were pinned inside.

The Coroner's office reports autopsies were performed and toxicology reports are pending.

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Memorial Day Weekend ISP enforcement patrols …

Illinois State Police are continuing Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (STEP) this week. Troopers from District 21 (Ashkum), District 10 (Pesotum) and District 5 (Pontiac) are keeping a close eye out for drivers speeding, failing to buckle up, and other driving offenses. The enforcement crackdown continues thru Memorial Day on May 30th.

Speeding is a contributing factor in 31-percent of all fatal crashes nationwide. In Illinois, speed-related crashes account for 37-percent of all traffic fatalities.

Meanwhile Triple-A projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people are expected to travel this year than during the Memorial Day weekend last year.

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Fatal accident on I-57, 3 men dead

Three men are dead and a fourth injured after a one-car crash early today (Monday) on Illinois 45 at the I-57 exchange at Kankakee. A speeding car ran into a stop light, according to the Kankakee County Coroner's Office. Illinois State Police are handling the investigation.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash. The southbound car, on Route 45, wound up in a culvert. The driver was ejected. Two other men who died were pinned in the wreckage. A fourth man survived.

Emergency personnel answered the call about 6 am. The crash may have happened an hour earlier.

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Route 113 crash kills Aroma Park woman

A head-on crash Sunday killed an Aroma Park woman. Three other people were hurt in the accident on Illinois Route 113 near Tower Road in Kankakee.

34-year-old Bridgit Bruen was dead at 5:40 pm. at the scene of the crash. Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said Bruen had three passengers.

A 13-year-old was airlifted. A young baby and a male passenger were transported to Riverside Medical Center.
Emergency personnel said Bruen was southbound when she crossed into the northbound lane and hit a van head-on. The driver of the van was not injured.

An autopsy is scheduled. Illinois State Police are investigating.

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Herscher students gather for balloon launch; mourn 15-year-old killed in crash

Herscher High School students came together (Thursday) to remember Kameron Allison, a 15-year-old classmate and friend, who died in a tragic traffic accident.

A balloon launch at the school baseball field was to make sure Kameron was not forgotten. The freshman high school baseball player lost his life when a drunk driver slammed the car he was riding in.

Allison died Sunday night in a car crash. His brother was injured and is in stable condition. Kameron was a passenger.

The other driver is facing DUI charges.

Allison's brother was driving on Illinois Route 17 toward Reddick when Carmella Larson of St. Anne RAN a stop sign and crashed into his car.

In reference to Kameron's love for baseball (and the Chicago Cubs), his family wrote an obituary containing baseball metaphors. The obit stated Cameron had been called up to the big leagues.

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