The single vehicle car crash that claimed the life of a Roxana teen last November has been ruled an accident by the Madison County Coroner’s Office. 16-year old Samantha Owsley of the 70 block of Westerholdt in East Alton was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:30 p.m. on November 9th after the car she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree in the 5000 block of Buchta Road in Bethalto.

The investigation determined that Owsley was wearing a seat belt and that the cause of death was a laceration of the pulmonary artery. The crash was investigated by the Bethalto Police Department with assistance from the Metro East Crash Reconstruction Team.

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