Fatal Illinois 159 Collision In Monroe County, Illinois

There was a fatal Southern Illinois vehicle collision Saturday night (January 10, 2015) on Illinois 159 near Hecker (Monroe County.)

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash was a head-on collision on Illinois 159 just south of Hecker.  The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., and happened when a northbound 2008 Chevy Aveo crossed the center line and went into the southbound lanes.  It then crashed into a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt.

It is unknown at this time as to what caused the driver of the Aveo to lose control and go into the opposing lane.

The driver of the Cobalt – identified as Abigail Liefer, 20, of Ruma, died during the collision, as did a passenger in her car,  Hannah M. Porter, 21, of Red Bud.  Another passenger in the Cobalt, Grace E. Richards, 20, was injured.  She was taken to a hospital for treatment of accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

According to the ISP, the driver of the Aveo, identified as Crystal Steinheimer, 21, of Red Bud, was ejected from the vehicle.

An excerpt from The Randolph County Herald Tribune article of January 12, 2015 titled “Monroe County wreck kills two“:

Steinheimer was flown to St. Louis University hospital with serious injuries. She was cited for improper lane usage and not wearing a seatbelt.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Southern Illinois crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Randolph County Herald Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the January 12, 2015 bnd.com article titled “Police release names of women killed in crash on Illinois 159.”


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