A Godfrey couple has died following a car crash on Godfrey Road at the start of Labor Day weekend. Vivian Veltjes succumbed to head injuries September 4 at St. Louis University Hospital, while her husband Christian died Monday at Rosewood Care Center. Both were 91 years old and had been married for 71 years.
According to a police report from the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Christian Veltjes was leaving the parking lot of Moto Mart in their 2009 Mercury Marquis, attempting to cross Godfrey Road. According to Captain Will Dimitroff, no charges will be filed.
The driver of the other vehicle was treated at a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries. Arrangements for the couple are being handled by Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Visitation is set for Thursday afternoon.