Metro-East News

25-year-old woman killed in crash near New Athens

A woman was found dead in a wrecked van early Saturday morning near New Athens, according to St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dennis Nichols.

Kimberly S. Widel, 25, of Sparta, was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Nichols said.

The preliminary cause of death was blunt-force trauma.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department received a call about 3 a.m. Saturday about a single-vehicle crash at Baldwin Road and Risdon Road near New Athens. The vehicle was on its side in a cornfield, according to police radio transmissions.

Nichols did not know what caused Widel to leave the roadway.

Routine toxicology results were pending as of Saturday.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer