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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.