One person was killed and two others were injured in a two-car accident Monday afternoon in Cottage Hills. The Madison County Coroner's Office reports that 78-year old Charles L. Bickett of Alton was attempting to turn left onto westbound Illinois Route 140 from Frank's Restaurant when his Ford Taurus was struck on the driver's side by a Jeep Cherokee that was traveling eastbound at 1:12 p.m. Monday.
Bickett was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of blunt chest trauma. An unidentified passenger in Bickett's vehicle also sustained injuries in the accident and their condition is unknown at this time.
The driver of the Jeep, Richard K. Warmack of Alton was treated for minor injuries at the scene and was released. The accident remains under the investigation of the Illinois State Police. Funeral arrangements for Bickett are incomplete at this time, but are under the care of Elias, Kallal and Schaff Funeral Home in Alton.