Collision Claims Smithfield Man Talking on Phone

A SMITHFIELD MAN WAS KILLED…A COLCHESTER COUPLE INJURED…EARLY LAST(MON) NITE…IN A TWO-CAR CRASH NEAR VERMONT, IN FULTON COUNTY.

48-YEAR OLD DAVID JONES WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE…JIM & LANA FRICK WERE TAKEN TO MCDONOUGH DISTRICT HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. ILLINOIS STATE POLICE SAY JONES WAS EASTBOUND ON COUNTY ROAD 35 AND WAS USING HIS CELL-PHONE AT THE TIME. HE RAN THE STOP SIGN AT COUNTY ROAD 13 AND HIS FORD ESCORT WAS T-BONED ON THE DRIVER’S SIDE BY THE FRICKS’ MERCEDES, WHICH WAS HEADED SOUTH.

TROOPERS SAY THE FRICKS WERE WEARING SEATBELTS, WHILE JONES WAS NOT.  NO CITATIONS WERE ISSUED.

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