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John P. Bannister, 37, and Daryl E. Harton, 36, killed, and Kevin Helfrich, 54, injured in wrong-way collision on Illinois 15 in Belleville, Illinois

Modified Date: 
Tue, 03/26/2019 - 5:42am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Two killed in wrong-way, head-on crash on Illinois 15

The driver of the Sierra, a 54-year-old man, was flown to a St. Louis Hospital. Both occupants of the Forte — a 37-year-old male who was driving and his 36-year-old passenger — died in the crash.

2 die, 1 hurt in wrong-way crash in Belleville identified

Two men were killed when their car was hit by a pickup truck heading the wrong way on Illinois Route 15 at Frank Scott Parkway early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Man with history of DUI arrests charged with DUI, homicide in wrong-way crash that killed 2

An Illinois man with a history of DUI arrests was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in connection with a wrong-way crash that killed two people over the weekend.     

Report error let driver in Illinois fatal crash keep license

Authorities say police report errors lead to a judge rescinding the driver's license suspension for a southern Illinois man now charged in a double-fatal accident.

Driver in double-fatal crash wants out of jail because he’s in wheelchair

His attorney, John Baricevic, filed a motion Wednesday asking that either his bail be reduced or that he be released on house arrest via a recognizance bond — essentially Helfrich’s promise to appear in court.


Driver sentenced in wrong-way crash that killed 2 men

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Zina Cruse on Monday sentenced Kevin Helfrich of New Athens to 18 years in prison for the crash that left 37-year-old John Bannister and 36-year-old Daryl Harton dead. 

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
John P. Bannister
Daryl E. Harton
Kevin Helfrich
Illinois 15


No one should have to die from someone driving drunk, this is such an epidemic in our society.  Helfrich should not have been driving a vehicle as a recidivist drunk driver, and I only wish he survives this incident so he can rot in jail. John Bannister was a good man, and he positivity effected those around him; he will truly be missed. My prayers are also for his friend Daryl's family in this such tragic time. 

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