Freeburg teen seriously injured after failed U-turn, police say

News-DemocratJuly 3, 2013 

A Freeburg teenager is in serious condition after a Monday afternoon crash on Carlyle Avenue.

Dylan J. Blades, 17, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus about 4:15 p.m. in the 2900 block of Carlyle when police say he made an improper U-turn in front of an oncoming vehicle.

Blades had to be extricated from the car, suffering serious injuries. He was flown via helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital.

Blades was stopped on the right (south) shoulder of eastbound Carlyle before he made a sudden U-turn to go west on Carlyle, according to police. Blades is accused of turning directly into the path of Michael A. Cox, 25, of Mascoutah, who was driving a 2010 Lincoln MKZ east in the left lane of the roadway.

Cox suffered minor injuries and was taken via ambulance to Belleville Memorial Hospital.

Blades was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to police. He was cited for improper U-turn and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Cox was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said.

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