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Edwardsville business owner dies in motorcycle crash

An Edwardsville businessman died after a crash on Friday at the intersection of Illinois 157 and Center Grove Road in Edwardsville.
An Edwardsville businessman died after a crash on Friday at the intersection of Illinois 157 and Center Grove Road in Edwardsville.

The co-owner and operator of an Edwardsville towing company died Friday in an early morning motorcycle crash at the intersection of Illinois 157 and Center Grove Road.

Gary G. Cross, 67, was airlifted from the crash to Saint Louis University Hospital, where he died later that day, according to Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven.

Cross co-owned and operated Cross Auto Body and Towing with his brothers, Terry and Craig Cross, according to the company’s website.

“The outpouring of love and support is overwhelming, and is appreciated more than one could imagine,” the business posted on their Facebook page.

“He has two brothers still in the business and, it seems to me, like a very close family,” the police chief said.

Keeven said the second vehicle in the crash had two people in it and was driven by a teenage girl. Both people were uninjured.

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Members of the Metro-East Crash Assistance Team continued investigating the crash Monday to determine what exactly happened. Keeven said their finished report to take anywhere from two to four weeks to complete.

“But, we think we have a pretty good idea of what occurred,” he said, adding that there will most likely be traffic citations issued.

Any additional charges will be determined by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, Keeven added.

In addition to co-owning and operating the towing company, his obituary stated Cross served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

The arrangements were finalized this morning, so for all that want to come say your final farewells to Gary, here is the...

Posted by Cross Auto Body & Towing Inc on Sunday, August 6, 2017

A visitation was planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Weber and Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville with services to follow at 1 p.m. He will be buried at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

BND staff reporter Kelsey Landis contributed to this report.

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