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A 25-year-old DePue man died Wednesday afternoon in St. Francis Medical Center from head injuries suffered in a head-on collision the morning of Nov. 7 on the Route 71 curves near Starved Rock State Park, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll.
Jonathan D. Johnson of 644 East St., DePue was a passenger in a car driven by an unnamed 16-year-old Peru girl. That car, which also was transporting another 16-year-old girl of La Salle, was eastbound near East 950th Road when it crossed the center line and at 8:42 a.m. collided with a westbound sport-utility vehicle driven by Lynda Hernandez, 18, of Ottawa, according to state police.
The other accident victims were treated and released the day of the accident, but Johnson suffered critical head injuries. Ingersoll said an autopsy was performed Thursday, and confirmed head injuries were the cause of death. She said she did not yet know if he was wearing a seat belt.
Johnson, formerly of Mendota, had been employed by Del Monte Farm Shop in Mendota. An obituary appears in today’s edition.
The 16-year-old driver was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane usage, no valid driver’s license, too many passengers, unsafe tires and failure to secure a child under 19 years of age, according to police. A 16-year-old passenger was charged with failure to wear a seat belt and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to police.
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