Mt. Vernon Register-News


December 28, 2013

Coroner reports 22 fatalities in 2013


Three days earlier, Mt. Vernon resident Frank Owens, 74, was found slumped over the wheel of a car in a wooded area southwest of Belle Rive. Owens died in the single-vehicle accident.

Another motorcycle crash in late June claimed the life of an O’Fallon man on Interstate 57 at mile post 96. The crash occurred after the motorcycle hit a large bump in the road. The bike then went out from under the rider, and he and a passenger hit a guardrail. The passenger survived the crash.

A Valier man was killed in a single-vehicle accident just inside the Jefferson-Franklin counties line on Aug. 17. Ronnie Stroud Jr., 23, was southbound on Illinois 148 when his vehicle ran off the roadway. He overcorrected and came back across both panes of traffic. The car struck several trees, overturned and came to rest down a large embankment, according to reports.

A 70-year-old Woodlawn man, Alan Dempsey, died as a result of a mowing accident on Labor Day. Reports state Dempsey was mowing hay on a hillside west of Woodlawn. Dempsey had stopped the tractor and attempted to get off. The tractor then started to roll and Dempsey attempted to get back on the moving tractor and was ran over by the rear tire.

Three Mt. Vernon residents were killed in a crash on Interstate 64 near the Woodlawn exit on Sept. 26. Marks said the three victims were ejected from an SUV they occupied while traveling east on the interstate. Killed in the accident were the driver, 51-year-old James Watt, and passengers 57-year-old Roberta Jones, Watt’s sister, and 52-year-old Derlorise Jones, a cousin. The SUV was rear-ended by a car driven by 20-year-old Aaron Myers of Simpson, who apparently fell asleep. He was treated and released.

The county’s only homicide occurred in early October when an elderly Bonnie woman was killed at her residence. Timothy Newell, 42, the adopted grandson of the victim, was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

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