Probe continues after 2 kids hit by car near Westville trunk-or-treat event

Probe continues after 2 kids hit by car near Westville trunk-or-treat event

WESTVILLE — Police in Westville are still investigating a vehicle-pedestrian accident that injured a 7-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister Tuesday night during a trunk-or-treat event at Zamberletti Park.

Sgt. Justin Varvel with Westville police said Wednesday afternoon that he did not have an updated condition report on the 7-year-old who was seriously injured and listed in critical but stable condition at an Urbana hospital after being transferred there Tuesday night. His sister was rushed to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

Varvel said the accident happened at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, and although police are still interviewing witnesses and piecing together exactly what happened, it appears the siblings from Westville were attempting to cross Illinois 1 when they were struck by a southbound vehicle.

Varvel said the accident was near the intersection of Illinois 1 (State Street) and East Williams Street, which is at the southwest corner of Zamberletti Park, where the Westville Lions Club's 6th Annual Trunk-or-Treat event was being held.

Varvel said the 22-year-old Westville-area driver, whose name is not yet being released, is cooperating with police, and they will be speaking with her again. Varvel said he did not know if the children were with adults at the time of the accident, but their mother was on the scene when police arrived.

Varvel said the woman was driving a small four-door vehicle and no citations have been issued at this time, but it's still a possibility as the investigation continues. He said the park was very full of people at the time of the accident, which was the first of two Tuesday night in Westville.

At 8:09 p.m., about a block southwest of the previous accident, at the intersection of West Short Street and an alley, Varvel said a pickup truck struck the driver's side of an SUV, injuring a mother and her four children, ranging in age from 9 to 17. The driver of the truck, whose name is not yet being released, was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way. The mother and four children were all taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville with minor injuries.

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