PC Champaign fatal crash

Police and emergency workers respond to a fatal crash Thursday night in the 1500 block of Kenwood Road near Kirby Avenue in west Champaign.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating an accident in west Champaign that claimed a man’s life Thursday night.

Lt. Andre Davis said police were notified at 9:10 p.m. of a single-vehicle crash in the 1500 block of Kenwood Road, near the intersection with Kirby Avenue. Davis said witnesses reported the driver, Jovan A. Smith, 34, who was alone in the car, was speeding south on Kenwood when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

Coroner Duane Northrup said Mr. Smith, who lived in Champaign, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is mschenk@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).

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