9/20/2017 1:55:00 PM Three killed in two accidents Monday evening
Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Delaney uses a cell phone for secure communication as Crawford County Rescue and United Life Care Ambulance personnel work to remove victims of a two-vehicle accident on County Road 1075E about a mile north of New Hebron Monday evening. (Tom Compton photo)
Crawford County Rescue and police officers examine the remains of a quad-cab four-wheel-drive Chevrolet pickup truck late Monday night after a Robinson man was killed after crashing into a tree along Illinois Route 1A at Trimble. (Tom Compton photo)
Crawford County Coroner Earl Deckard had the unpleasant task of notifying three Robinson families of the deaths of family members following two fatal accidents Monday.
Bailleah McKee, 16, and Nakita Cohoon, 18, both of Robinson, were killed in a two-vehicle crash about 4:27 p.m. Monday on the New Hebron Road at County Road 800N south of Robinson.
Later, Jeremy Griffin, 40, Robinson, was killed in a single-vehicle accident. That wreck occurred about 9:48 p.m. Monday in Trimble.
Both accidents are still being investigated but, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Cohoon was southbound on New Hebron Road when she lost control causing the vehicle to turn sideways and cross into the northbound lane. Her vehicle was then struck by a northbound 2013 Chevrolet driven by Michael Posten, 38, Robinson.
McKee, a passenger in the Cohoon vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cohoon was airlifted from Crawford Memorial Hospital to Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, where she later died.
Posten was taken to Crawford Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown.
Another passenger in the Cohoon vehicle, Cody Longest, 19, Vincennes, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes. His condition is also unknown.
All victims were transported from the scene by United Life Care Ambulance.
Initial reports concerning the second accident have Griffin heading north on Illinois Route 1A and entering the curve at Trimble when he ran off the road to the east.
He struck a driveway opening, causing the quad-cab 4x4 Chevrolet pickup truck to become airborne vertically and slam into a tree.
The truck came to rest on its wheels and briefly caught fire. The flames were put out by nearby residents.
Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene by Deckard at 10:21 p.m.
Crawford County Rescue Squad was called to both accidents to remove the victims. They were assisted by the Robinson Fire Department. Robinson Police Department and Police Chief Chad Weaver assisted sheriff's deputies and the coroner in the investigations.