The victim in a fatal, single-vehicle, crash that took place in Bethalto Saturday night has been identified as a Roxana High School student. The Madison County Coroner reports 16-year old Samantha Owsley of the 70 block of Westerholdt Street in East Alton was driving a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle westbound in the 5000 block of Buchta Road when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, ejecting Owsley and the four passengers from the vehicle.Owsley was was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of chest trauma. The other victims were transported to local hospitals.
The names and conditions of the survivors have not been released. Funeral arrangements for Owsley are pending at Marks Mortuary in Wood River.
The Roxana School District will provide counseling today for grieving students and family members at the high school from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.