JERSEY - Illinois State Police was called to work a three-vehicle crash at approximately 5:38 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021, at Illinois Route 16 at Centennial Road in Jersey County.
Gary M Billhartz, 66-year-old male of Albers, IL., was transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries.
A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 16 approaching the intersection of Centennial Road in Jersey County. Unit 2 was traveling eastbound at the same location. Unit 3 was stopped at the stop sign on Centennial Road and Illinois Route 16. Unit 1 turned to make a left turn onto Centennial Road and Unit 2 struck Unit 1 head-on. Unit 2 then struck Unit 3 which was stopped at the intersection.
The roadway was closed for approximately 5 hours during the crash investigation.
The driver of Unit 1 was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Failure to Yield Turning Left, and Operating Uninsured Vehicle.
The following preliminary report is being released by Illinois State Police
WHAT: Three-Vehicle Personal Injury Traffic Crash
WHERE: Illinois Route 16 at Centennial Road, Jersey County
WHEN: April 19, 2021 at approximately 5:38 p.m.
VEHICLE: Unit 1 – Blue 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Unit 2 – Black 2007 Chrysler 300
Unit 3 – Red 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
DRIVER: Unit 1 – David E. Price, 74-year-old male of Jerseyville, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)
Unit 2 – Dane A. Grant, 27-year-old male of Bethalto, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)
Unit 3 – William R. Hardwick, 67-year-old male of Fieldon, IL (No injuries)
PASSENGER: Unit 2 – Chelsea A. Grant, 24-year-old female of Bethalto, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries)
Unit 2 – Juvenile, 2-year-old of Bethalto, IL (No injuries)
Unit 2 – Gary M Billhartz, 66-year-old male of Albers, IL (Transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries)
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.