One teen dead, four others injured in crash

One teen dead, four others injured in crash

HAMMOND — An Urbana teen was killed and four other teens injured in a single-vehicle crash late Thursday in northern Moultrie County Thursday.

Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed said Alejandro A. "Alex" Coriano Jr., 17, was the driver of a car that left a county road at a high rate of speed, rolled over and ejected him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, a victim of apparent blunt force trauma.

Three other males and a female were taken to area hospitals.

Moultrie County Chief Deputy Gary Carroll said the crash happened about 10:40 p.m. on County Road 1300 E, about a quarter-mile north of County Road 2500 N. That's about a mile southeast of Hammond.

Carroll said preliminary information is that Mr. Coriano was driving a Toyota Avalon north on 1300 E when the car left the road, went through a ditch and eventually overturned in a cornfield.

Three of the occupants were ejected, but Carroll was not sure besides Mr. Coriano who was thrown out.

The passengers were Derrick Francois, 18, of Champaign; Kameron Baughman, no age available, of Champaign; Emily J. Crow, 16, of Champaign; and Cody J. Herbstreit, 16, of Champaign.

Baughman, Crow and Herbstreit had all just finished their junior years at Champaign Central High School. Mr. Coriano had just completed his junior year at Urbana High School.

Carroll said Crow was airlifted from the crash site to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana but no information was available Friday on her condition.

The other three boys were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Herbstreit was listed in fair condition at mid-day Friday at Carle. It was not clear where Francois and Baughman were taken.

Reed said toxicology tests will be conducted on Mr. Coriano but aren't expected to be available for several weeks.

Carroll said there were no obvious signs that alcohol might have been involved but speed was a factor.

"It appeared to be a high rate of speed due to the damage and the distance they traveled in the ditch before eventually overturning," Carroll said.

Carroll said the group was returning from Lovington, where they were visiting a friend.

Urbana District 116 said in a release that grief counselors would be available Monday morning, starting at 7:45 a.m, at Urbana High School to meet with any student or staff who wanted to talk about the passing of Mr. Coriano.


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