Scouts to honor father, son on one-year anniversary of fatal crash

News-DemocratFebruary 28, 2014 

Scouts in Cub Scout Pack 12 and Boy Scout Troop 12 will come together Saturday and dedicate two adopt-a-highway signs along South 74th Street in Belleville in memory of the late Scott and Zachary Hutchison.

March 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of the father and son, who were both very active in Scouts. They died in a car crash.

Two family members -- Angie Hutchison, Scott's wife and the mother of Zachary, and older brother Jacob -- survived the crash.

"2013 was definitely a year I wished never happened, but we muddled our way through it," Angie Hutchison said Friday. "We have, of course, gone through a roller coaster of grief."

Angie Hutchison said she and Jacob are in the "healing process" and continue to see grief counselors at Heartlinks Grief Center in Belleville.

"They have been a lot of support for us," she said.

Physically, Angie Hutchison, said they are progressing. Angie sustained a shattered ankle in the crash. She said she will need another surgery in the near future.

Jacob suffered a broken leg, and Angie Hutchison said he may need another surgery as well. Jacob, 15, is a freshman at Belleville West.

Angie Hutchison, 48, continues to operate The Framery at 7620 W. Main St. in Belleville. She said she purchased a new piece of property at 6020 W. Main St. for the business once the new space is renovated.

"Hopefully, some time this summer, we'll be open at the new location," she said.

The new location is needed, Angie Hutchison said, to give her son and herself more separation between work and home and "more privacy in our down time."

The adopt-a-highway signs will be dedicated during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday. Following the ceremony, scouts will pick up trash along South 74th Street as a way to honor the adopt-a-highway agreement.

Angie Hutchison said she appreciates the Scouts' efforts to honor her late husband and son.

"It's a really nice way to remember Scott and Zach," she said. "It's a really nice thing they are doing."

Scott was a Scoutmaster for Troop 12 and a den master for Pack 12.

The cause of the crash that resulted in the deaths of Scott and Zachary Hutchison has yet to be released by officials. No one has been charged in connection with the crash.

"Two lives have been tragically lost, so we owe it to this family to pursue every legal theory before a final decision," St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said Friday.

Angie Hutchison and other family members filed a $1.5 million lawsuit late last year in St. Clair County Circuit Court on behalf of the estate of Thomas Scott Hutchison and Zachary Hutchison.

The driver of the other car involved in the crash -- Adrian Reed, 67, of Belleville -- is named as the defendant in the negligent and wrongful death portion of the lawsuit. Two liquor establishments -- the Quail Club and Cigar Inn Jazz Club Inc. -- are being sued under the Dram Shop Act, which holds alcohol sellers responsible for the conduct of customers.

The suit alleges both the Quail Club and Cigar Inn sold or gave alcohol to Reed, who became intoxicated the night of the double-fatal crash.

A memorial gathering to remember Scott and Zachary Hutchison will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, located at 5929 Old St. Louis Road in Belleville.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

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