Police ID driver of truck in crash that killed passenger

News-DemocratApril 24, 2014 


Police have identified the driver of a pick-up truck involved in a fatal crash last week near Sparta.

But they said, as of Thursday, the crash is still under investigation and that it has not been decided if any tickets or charges will be filed in relation to the case.

William J. Welmon, 35 of Granite City, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up truck that left Illinois 4 after failing to negotiate a curve near Mud Creek Road.

The truck rolled over several times and came to a rest with passenger Daniel Pocrnich, 31, of Sparta, trapped underneath. Pocrnich died at the scene.

Police also said Thursday that Samantha Smith, 21, of Marissa was a passenger in the truck.

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