Marissa mother fatally hit by truck on interstate

News-DemocratJuly 23, 2013 

A young mother died last week after she ran into the path of a semi-truck traveling on the interstate, according to state police.

Lacey M. Hurst, 24, of Marissa was struck by a tractor-trailer in the early morning hours of Thursday on Interstate 64-55-70 in East St. Louis.

Hurst was standing in the middle of the interstate at 3:55 a.m. when she suddenly ran toward the driver's side of the eastbound tractor trailer, according to Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. The semi-truck was unable to avoid striking her.

State police are not seeking charges against the driver of the semi-truck and do not plan to investigate the death further, Dye said.

Hurst was pronounced dead at the scene at 5 a.m., according to the St. Clair County Coroner's Office, and a toxicology test is pending.

Hurst was a homemaker and enjoyed cheerleading and playing volleyball, according to her obituary. Family members could not be reached for comment.

She faced a hearing on Friday related to a felony drug possession charge stemming from an arrest on Dec. 18, according to court records. She also faced a misdemeanor driving under the influence arrest from an alleged offense on July 20, 2012.

Hurst has two surviving children, Kayden and Kaeli. A third child, Layne Jouglard, passed away Feb. 23, 2012. A trust has been established for memorials benefiting Kayden and Kaeli.

A visitation is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa. A memorial service will follow with Rev. Wilbur Franklin officiating.

Contact reporter Daniel Kelley at dkelley@bnd.com or 618-239-2501.