4 receive minor injuries in I-74 crash

RURAL ST. JOSEPH — A Danville man was ticketed in a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 74 that sent four people to the hospital with minor injuries on Thursday evening.

Steve K. Cleave, 41, was ticketed for operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to reduce his speed to avoid an accident, according to an Illinois State Police report.

The report said Cleave and one of his passengers — Tyrone Adamore, 20, of Danville — and the driver and passenger of another vehicle — Amber S. Hays, 29, and Beverly S. Hays, 67, both of Oakwood — were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

All four have been treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday morning.

The accident occurred at 5:38 p.m. about a mile east of St. Joseph.

According to the report, Cleave was driving east in the passing lane. His 1997 Honda Civic was directly behind a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Gregory C. Grenda, 49, of Carmel, Ind., and Grenda's vehicle was directly behind Hays' 2009 Mini Cooper.

Hays said she was driving slowly due to road construction.

The report said Grenda saw Cleave approaching his vehicle at high speed and pull onto the left shoulder to avoid hitting him. He then saw Cleave's car hit the rear of Hays' car.

A spare tire from one of the vehicles then hit a 2003 Honda Civic driven by Jacob D. Ozier, 31, of St. Joseph, which was traveling in the westbound passing lane.

Ozier, Grenda and two other passengers in Cleave's car — Philip E. Davis, 32, and Quentin S. Smith, 37, of Danville — weren't injured in the accident. The others were taken to Carle by Arrow Ambulance.

The report said everyone was wearing a seat belt.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 02, 2013 at 6:08 pm
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Well, now I know what became of Steve Cleave.

Liz wrote on August 03, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Interstate 74 has become the new Indy 500.  I drive it often and am tired of the ones that think they need to go so fast that they put other people in danger.  Whenever possible I find an alternate route, especially during the construction season.