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Champaign County Receives Low Rating in School Zone Safety Study

Zendrive, a company that sells analytics to insurance or fleet companies, started a national campaign called “#FundMyStreets”. The campaign is designed to rank different school zones by their level of safety, with a goal to ultimately promoting safe driving. By using data collected from smartphones, the company was able to analyze drivers on roads within […]

Teen hit by SUV while walking to school

Just before 8 am on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, a teen girl was hit by an SUV while walking to Centennial High School. According to police, the girl is around 14 or 15 years old, and was struck by the SUV when she ran across the middle of the street with friends without using a […]

Fatal pedestrian accident under investigation

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at approximately 10:17 Friday night in front of the Farm and Fleet store on North Cunningham Avenue in Urbana and later died of his injuries after being taken to Carle Foundation Hospital. The vehicle operator, 64-year-old Sumie Metz, was driving south when she suddenly struck 43-year-old Tyrone Eugene […]

Van careens into bystanders at Westville parade

Westville Police Chief David Booe stated that it was possible that a medical issue caused a driver to lose control of her vehicle before hitting bystanders at the Westville Labor Day parade, as reported by The News-Gazette. The vehicle has been impounded by the police for mechanical issues. Booe reported that a total of nine people—some of […]

7-year-old killed in pedestrian accident

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup reported that last weekend, 7-year-old Joshua Schneider of Mattoon died after being struck by a car on Thursday, April 23. According to reports, Schneider was attempting to cross the street near Lawson Park in Mattoon when he was struck by a southbound passenger vehicle. He was airlifted to Carle Foundation […]

Former University of Illinois Professor Killed in Pedestrian Accident

79-year-old Robert Ash, a retired mathematics professor at the University of Illinois, was tragically killed this past Tuesday night after he was struck by a car. According to Urbana police Sgt. Dan Moran, Ash was crossing Race Street in the crosswalk at 6:25 pm when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Ratana […]

Local bus strikes UI student

A young woman was recently struck and subsequently trapped under a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) bus, according to reports from The News-Gazette. The incident happened at the corner of Kirby Avenue and First Street around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday October 28. The University of Illinois student’s current condition is not known, but those at the […]

Student killed in UI campus crash

A junior at the University of Illinois was hit by a truck and killed while walking on campus with another student on Wednesday, October 10. Mimi Liu was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital’s emergency room at 10:23 a.m., shortly after the accident. The second student hit by the truck, junior Spandana Mantravadi, stayed at the hospital […]