Five teens have learned a very painful life lesson.
They’ve lost a friend in an accident that could have been avoided.
The crash happened Wednesday Afternoon in Crawford County, on 900 north, near 725 east.
That’s southwest of Robinson.
We learned today that Bree M. Davis was the driver and lone fatality of the accident.
Family members of the 16-year-old were at the crash site Thursday, told WTWO she was better knows as Lexi.
Other family members of those involved in the crash were also there, looking at what the accident left behind.
“Well it was very frightening,” says Melva Williamson. “But we are glad that everyone is ok today.”
Melva Williamson is thankful her grandson survived the crash that claimed the life of Bree Davis.
A total of six teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 17 were traveling along a rural road at a high rate of speed.
The road changes from pavement to gravel, which is where Davis, lost control of the vehicle, ending up on a patch of grass and striking tree.
Williamson says seeing what is left behind doesn’t put her heart at ease.
“We hadn’t expected anything like that but we are glad today that he is improving,” says Williamson.
Her grandson remains in the hospital, but Williamson mentioned that another survivor was already back in school.
Thursday was the last day for finals at Robinson High School, which makes the job tough for Superintendent Dr. Josh Quick.
“We’re fortunate to have a top-notch staff that cares about students so that’s a great place to start with a situation like this,” says Dr. Quick.
A five person crisis team was brought in for the day.
Three rooms were availble for relief and counseling at the high school and one additional room at the middle school.
“We also had several local ministers that arrived to assist as well and offer their help,” says Dr. Quick.
Trooper Tammy Welborn says new drivers need to always remember those fatal four violations: speeding, DUI, not wearing a seatbelt, and distracted driving.
Illinois State Police are on the case, still investigating.
“While one fatality is one too many, at any age, any time our children are involved we do take special notice of that,” says Trooper Tammy Welborn.
Now, all that remains from the accident, is shattered glass all over the ground, car parts, a damaged tree and a devastated community.
At this time, we don’t know if the teens were wearing seat-belts and officials have not released the exact cause of death for Bree Davis.
Illinois operates under Graduated Driver Licensing laws.
Trooper Welborn says that drivers in their first twelve months of having their license or until they reach age 18, are allowed only one occupant in the vehicle, who is unrelated to the driver and under the age of 20.