Five people injured in accident

Five people injured in accident

URBANA — Five people were reported injured in a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Urbana.

According to a state police report, Mandi L. Gilliland, 36, of Pesotum was driving south from Rantoul on U.S. 45 about an eighth of a mile south of Triumph Drive in Urbana at 4:26 p.m. Sunday when she experienced a seizure.

Her minivan crossed the center median onto the north lanes and then crossed the median a second time back into the south lanes before crashing into a utility pole.

Gilliland and four passengers, Tara L. Steigberg, 63, of Urbana, Kimberley A. Johnson, 34, of Champaign, Morgan L. Johnson, 13, of Pesotum and Sarah R. Gilliland, 6, of Pesotum, were all taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

According to the police report, Sarah Gilliland was not wearing a seat belt.

Mandi Gilliland was listed in good condition on Monday night. Morgan Johnson had been treated and released. Carle had no information on Steigberg, Kimberley Johnson or Sarah Gilliland.

Mandi Gilliland was ticketed for driving with a revoked license, driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to secure a child with a safety restraint.

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bigsiss wrote on July 17, 2012 at 6:07 am

How in the world can you travel even if it is just up the street without putting a seat belt on a child, how irresponsible and careless. And drive on a insurance.....come on people get it together. People like this are all over the road every day and those of us that pay insurance and have a license are the ones that suffer the repercussions of their actions all the time. Penalty's need to be harsher on them not just a slap on the wrist and a fine.

common_sense_isn't wrote on July 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

I have to agree with you.  Though I certainly feel terrible for what sounds like a family to be injured that way, and while it's certainly not the poor woman's fault she had a seizure, it upsets me so much when kids aren't in safety seats.  I'm sure my brother and I rode on the floor, in a lap, or in front when we shouldn't have when we were kids, but I would never do it with my kids now that I'm a parent... You never know what can happen, even on a short trip.