Champaign man dies more than a week after rural accident

Champaign man dies more than a week after rural accident

URBANA — A 32-year-old Champaign man died Sunday of injuries he sustained during a rural car accident on April 13.

Another person who was a passenger in the vehicle is still listed in critical condition.

Jerry K. Mushegera, of the 2400 block of Highview Court, died just after 1 p.m. on Sunday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, said Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup. He had been taken there after being injured in an accident involving a car and a pickup truck at a rural intersection about 3 1/2 miles south of Seymour more than a week prior.

The Champaign County sheriff’s office 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 a 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, police said. The pickup truck rolled over and came to rest upside down while the horse trailer remained upright. The car also remained upright.

Mushegera had been in the car Kigwezya was driving, along with Guy Guy Sankueno, 36, a woman, of the 800 block of South Mattis Avenue, Champaign. All three were seriously injured.

Kigwezya had been transferred to a hospital in Peoria last week. A Carle spokesperson said on Sunday night that Sankueno is still in critical condition.

Brown was treated and released from the hospital. His 9-year-old son was also taken to the hospital, but it was not believed that he received any treatment.

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