Teen escapes serious injury in car crash
DEWEY — A Melvin teen-ager was not seriously injured after his car crashed and caught fire Saturday afternoon in northern Champaign County.
Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Vercler said Nathan Hennessey, 17, was able to get out of his Dodge Neon when it came to rest in a field on County Road 1000 E, near 3100 N.
Vercler said about 5:10 p.m., Hennessey was alone in the car, driving south on 1000 E when he failed to negotiate the curve at 3100 N, and lost control. The car went into the ditch on the west side of the road, where he hit a utility pole, shearing it off.
After the car came to a stop, Hennessey was able to get out and the car caught fire. Firefighters from the Sangamon Valley Fire Department put out the fire. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative employees were called to fix the pole.
Vercler said Hennessey admitted to a deputy he was driving around 80 mph on the country road. He was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Vercler said.