GIBSON CITY – Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School will hold an assembly Monday to discuss the death and funeral arrangements for a senior.
Ethan J. Glascock, 18, of Melvin was killed Friday afternoon in an automobile accident.
Local ministers and social workers will be available to assist school staff in counseling students following the assembly, according to a memo from Superintendent Chuck Aubry.
School officials also made counseling available at the high school media center beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday for grieving students and community friends. Planned school activities such as Monday evening's athletic banquet and Friday night's high school variety show have been canceled.
No classes will be held at the school district Tuesday.
The accident happened at 1:43 p.m. Friday on Illinois Route 47 at the curve near Champaign County Road 2800 North, north of Mahomet.
Mr. Glascock crossed the center line into the path of a northbound pick-up truck driven by Elmer Gibson, 68, of Foosland, according to Illinois State Police District 10 at Pesotum.
Mr. Glascock was two-thirds of the way into the curve when the head-on collision occurred in the northbound lane, police said.
Mr. Glascock was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital's trauma center, where he was pronounced dead. Gibson was transported by ambulance and remains in critical condition Saturday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
According to police, both drivers were wearing seat belts and the air bag was deployed on Glascock's silver 2000 Pontiac. No passengers were reported for either vehicle.
Glascock is a son and youngest of three children of Jeff and Audrey Glascock of Melvin. His visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Gibson City United Methodist Church. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the GCMS Elementary School.