Fatal Eureka car crash kills two, injures two

Last updated Friday, July 14th, 2023

Fatal Eureka car crash kills two, injures two

A fatal Eureka car crash in Secor, Woodford County Sunday, July 9, claimed two young lives.

According to the Woodford County Coroner’s office, the tragic crash occurred around noon at Route US 24 and East County Road 1900E between a southbound Hyundai and a westbound vehicle. Police said a stop sign did exist on County Road 1900E, but they were uncertain if that contributed to the collision.

Two of the Hyundai’s travelers, 27-year-old Belancio Rameriz Flavio and 29-year-old Crescensio Venancio Rameriz, both of Eureka, were pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Tim Ruestman. A minor passenger, also in their car, went to the hospital along with the other vehicle’s driver, Kathleen Putnam, a Loda woman of 65. Neither of the injured was seriously hurt.

Illinois State Police, Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Woodford County Coroner’s Office are investigating the crash. Detailed information will be available soon.

Our deepest condolences go out to both grieving families in their time of loss. We wish the injured a speedy and complete recovery.

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Fatal Eureka car crash results in the loss of life

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  4. Speeding
  5. Lack of seat belt use
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Road safety must be a multifaceted issue, and addressing these factors requires a combination of individual responsibility, public education, enforcement of traffic laws, and infrastructure improvements.

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