A single vehicle crash caused fatal injuries to the driver Saturday afternoon and severe injuries to a passenger after the driver lost control of the car, which rolled over on Illinois Route 100, also known as the Great River Road, according to a news release dated April 26 and issued to The Telegraph Sunday afternoon from Jersey County Coroner Larry J. Alexander.
The news release states verbatim that Jersey County 911 was contacted at approximately 2:45 p.m. on April 26 in reference to a one vehicle accident. Alexander pronounced Chad W. Nicolet, 30, of Alton, dead at the scene of the crash that occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m. Saturday, about one mile north of Lockhaven Road on Illinois Route 100 in Jersey County. Also, Nicolet’s wife, Sandy J. Nicolet, 29, of Alton, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was transported from the scene to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, according to the joint news release from the Jersey County Sheriff’s Office and the Jersey County Coroner.
The couple was traveling west in a 1990 Chevrolet Corvette on Illinois Route 100 in Jersey County when the vehicle went out of control running off the roadway into an embankment. Two ambulances initially responded to the scene and a call went out for an ARCH Air Medical Service helicopter, but the closest one available was in Sparta, Ill., and due to stormy weather there it was grounded, Godfrey Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Ed McBride said Saturday to The Telegraph.
QEM Fire Protection District, Lifestar Ambulance, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Grafton Police Department assisted the Jersey County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.
The QEM Fire Protection District received the first call at approximately 2:44 p.m. Saturday. The Godfrey Fire Protection District received a call to the scene at approximately 2:47 p.m.
“Godfrey had one truck with three personnel,” McBride said. “It was out of our district. Our call said it was one mile south of Clifton Terrace. QEM got the call a few minutes before us for Lockhaven, but it was actually one mile north of Lockhaven toward Grafton. We thought we might be responding to two different crashes, but when we got there, QEM had quite a few there and we weren’t needed.”
Initially two GFPD trucks responded, but McBride sent one truck back once he knew it was not needed.
Illinois Route 100 was closed to through traffic at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday for an undetermined amount of time as first responders worked to free the victims from the wreckage.
The Telegraph obtained the joint news release via fax Sunday afternoon from Alexander, whom The Telegraph contacted after being unable to get cooperation from the Jersey County Sheriff’s Office.
Jersey County Sheriff’s Office employees on three separate occasions Saturday night, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon, refused to share the news release with The Telegraph. The joint news release was available Saturday, Alexander said.
A man who answered the Jersey County Sheriff’s Office’s telephone Saturday night said that Jersey County Sheriff Mark Kallal told him a news release would go out Sunday morning. A woman who answered the Sheriffs’s Office telephone Sunday morning said that a release still was not available, and a woman who answered at the same telephone number at 2 p.m. Sunday said the same adding that she just talked to the sheriff and he told her he would not release any information until Monday. She refused to give her title and hung up the phone.
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