MATTOON — A Chicago man was killed in a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 57 in Coles County early Saturday.
Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers identified him as Martinez Jones, 28, who was driving a car north when it was struck by another car about 12:45 a.m.
A report from Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Michelle Schroeder, 28, of Belleville, was driving south on I-57 near Mattoon when she saw an animal in the road and swerved to miss it. She lost control, crossed the median, and entered the northbound lanes, striking Mr. Jones’ car.
A northbound semitrailer tractor truck driven by Anthony Shea, 61, of St. Peters, Mo., swerved to avoid Mr. Jones’ car but hit it in the rear driver’s side and bumper area, shearing forward the driver’s door and possibly causing Mr. Jones to be ejected. Shea’s semi then went into the median and came to rest.
A fourth vehicle, another semitrailer tractor truck driven by Joshua Kluesner, 27, of Portage Des Sioux, Mo., could not avoid hitting Mr. Jones as he lay in the road.
In Mr. Jones’ car were Michelle S. Jones, 22, of Champaign, and a 1-year-old whose name was not released. Neither of them was injured. The report said they and Mr. Jones were all wearing seat belts.
None of the other drivers was reported injured.
Schroeder was given a ticket for improper lane usage.
Schniers said he planned to have an autopsy done on Mr. Jones.