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Pilot charged for spraying 70 teens with pesticide

Pilot Josh Pavia was charged with violating the Illinois Pesticide Act after spraying pesticide on around 70 teens as they detasseled corn. The teens were sprayed by the overhead plane, which was crop-dusting a nearby field as they worked.

According to Carle’s emergency department director, Allen Rinehart, the teens were decontaminated immediately.

Pavia faces administrative charges and may be fined up to $750. He has no prior violations.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in this incident; however, incidents like this, caused by the negligence of others, can easily cause serious harm to innocent people. If you or a loved one was injured in any situation by someone else’s carelessness in Champaign, talk with a lawyer at Spiros Law, P.C., about filing a personal injury claim by calling 217-328-2828.