Three critically injured in rural intersection crash
SEYMOUR — Three people were listed in critical condition late Saturday at an Urbana hospital following a morning accident in western Champaign County.
Champaign County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Vercler said the collision happened at a rural intersection about 3 1/2 miles south of Seymour at 9:55 a.m. and involved a car and a pickup truck.
Vercler said the driver of the car, Thierry M. Kigwezya, 38, of the 100 block of Sterling Court, Savoy, was driving west on County Road 1200 N, approaching 200 E, when he failed to stop at the stop sign.
Joel W. Brown, 35, of Forrest, was driving a pickup truck towing an empty horse trailer north on 200 E and hit the driver’s side of the car.
The force of the collision sent both vehicles into a field northwest of the intersection, Vercler said. The pickup truck rolled over and came to rest upside down while the horse trailer remained upright. The car also remained upright.
Vercler said Kigwezya was taken by helicopter to Carle Foundation Hospital. His passengers, Jerry K. Mushegera, 32, of the 2400 block of Highview Court, Champaign, and Guy Guy Sankueno, 36, a woman, of the 800 block of South Mattis Avenue, Champaign, were taken to Carle by ambulance. All had serious injuries, he said.
Brown was treated and released from Carle. His 9-year-old son, Anthony L. Brown, was also taken to the hospital, but it’s believed he did not require medical treatment.
Vercler said there were at least two witnesses to the accident who said they thought that Kigwezya did not stop at the stop sign.
There is no stop sign for north-south traffic at that intersection, Vercler said.