Two area residents die in weekend wrecks

Two Fayette County residents were killed in separate accidents during the holiday weekend, and the county coroner is hoping that local residents can provide some help with one of those fatalities.
The first of those accidents occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 at the 68-mile marker.
According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, of Shobonier, mistakenly drove a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe east down the 68-mile marker exit ramp and into the westbound lanes of I-70.
The state police said that the Sasse vehicle collided head-on with a 2014 International tractor-trailer driven by Uulu Marifat Azamat, 22, of Chicago.
Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced Sasse dead at the scene at 2:47 p.m.
Azamat was treated for minor injuries at Fayette County Hospital.
Bowen and the state police are continuing to investigate the accident, and the coroner asks that anyone who had any interaction with Sasse within about two hours of the accident contact him.
Bowen hopes that such information may help him determine what may have caused Sasse to drive into the westbound lanes.
In the second accident over the holiday weekend, Larrey W. Gale, 31, of Vandalia, sustained fatal injuries in a crash early Monday morning in Bond County.
Bond County Coroner Anthony R. Brooks said that Gale was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Mulberry Grove Road at Seagraves Cemetery Road in Pleasant Mound Township.
Brooks said that Gale was driving a 2002 Toyota passenger car north on Mulberry Grove Road when his vehicle left the roadway on the right side.
His vehicle traveled north in the grass until it hit a rock driveway, which caused the vehicle to become airborne. The vehicle then struck a tree before coming to rest on its top.
Brooks pronounced Gale dead at the scene at 6:40 a.m. on Monday.
An investigation into that accident continues, Brooks said.

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