UPDATE: Fatal crash involving Limestone Community High School students

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (WMBD) — Just after midnight Sunday morning, a car with four teenagers inside, all Limestone Community High School students, crashed into a rural hillside on Pfeiffer Road in Bartonville, killing 15-year-old Mia Dusek.

“I was awakened by a flash of light, and it sounded like somebody hitting a tree, or a tree going down,” said Bartonville resident Sandy Beckman.

She said she saw the scene unfold through her front window.

“I opened the door when I realized there were people right there crying in the middle of the road,” she said.

What she saw was nothing short of horrific. Dusek was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Peoria County Coroner, Jamie Harwood, said she died instantly and was pronounced dead at 1:02 a.m. Sunday.

The three other juveniles were transported to OSF with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s sad to sit here and look out your picture window like it’s a great big widescreen TV, and see them finding a body on the hillside,” said Beckman.

The 16-year-old driver was cited with multiple infringements, including failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol.

However, Beckman, along with other residents in the area, said crashes on their road are all too common. Beckman said she’s lived in her house since 1962, and over the years, she has seen numerous crashes.

“We had a gas tank over there, a thousand gallons,” she said. “Kids came up over the hill and the van ended up turned around, facing the other way, on top of it. It could’ve blown the whole hillside up.”

She said young drivers will try to go airborne over the steep hill near her driveway. Her neighbors worked to get the speed limit reduced to 35 m.p.h., and Beckman recently got Limestone Township to put up a “deer crossing” sign at the bottom of the hill.

But Beckman said the biggest issue is the slope of the hill.

“We’ve known this was going to happen. And we’ve asked them, please lower the road. They won’t do it. They keep raising it every time they redo it,” she said.

She said she’s calling on the Limestone Township Road Commissioner to listen to the residents of Pfeiffer road.

“We’ve got growing popularity out here, more subdivisions than ever before,” she said. When we moved here, there were only 3 houses. Our kids rode their horses on this road,” Beckman said. “Just, listen to us. Like we asked you from the beginning.”

And she offered her deepest condolences to all involved in the crash. She said she spent many years angry over the road situation, but the emotion has been replaced with sadness.

 “I’ve been praying for their family. And I think we all should pray for their family and for the people who could do something to make this a safer place,” she said.

UPDATE (1:49 p.m.) — The Peoria County Coroner released the name of 15-year-old Mia C. Dusek who died at the scene of the crash.

She was pronounced dead at 1:02 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. She died instantly, and her autopsy is scheduled for Monday, toxicology pending.

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (WMBD) — A 15-year-old Limestone Community High School student is dead after a one-vehicle fatal crash at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Peoria County Sheriff’s deputies and Bartonville Police responded to a one-vehicle crash in the 6700 block of Pfeiffer Road.

The car overturned multiple times and appeared to be driving at a high speed at the time of the crash.

The vehicle had four occupants. A 15-year-old female was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three juvenile occupants were transported to OSF with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 16-year-old male driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, aggravated reckless driving, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Peoria County Sheriff’s office, Bartonville Fire Department, Limestone Fire Department, and AMT responded to the scene.

The accident is still under investigation by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Peoria County Coroner at a later time.

This story will be updated when more information is available.


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