Three teens sustained injuries in a crash that occurred while fleeing from the police. The incident occurred late on the night of Friday, August 21 as per the accident reports and was reported to the authorities at around 8:30 p.m. Two of the injured teens were identified as Kanen Finke, 19, of Effingham and Robert Lowrance, 18, of Teutopolis.
According to the details shared by the Illinois State Police, the police chase began in Farina on Interstate 57. A Farina Police Department officer attempted to stop the vehicle close to the exit 135 of the I-57. However, the teens occupying the vehicle refused to stop and fled the officer. As the vehicle fled, it reached the Highway 185 and started traveling northbound.
Close to the Fayette County 1150 North, the driver of the vehicle apparently lost control of the vehicle when attempting to negotiate a curve at a high speed. As he lost control, the car left the roadway and overturned.
Two of the three teens occupying the vehicle were ejected. All three sustained significant injuries. Once the paramedics and first responders arrived on the scene of the accident, the three injured teens were airlifted to an area hospital.
According to the latest accident reports, the injuries of all three are not critical. ISP continues to investigate the incident and ISP’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit assisted with both on-site and off-site investigations. Formal charges against the teens are still pending and are likely to be filed once the investigations are concluded. It remains to be seen if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
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