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SIUE mourns student killed in car crash

SIUE student Courtney Littell was killed in a car crash Wednesday.
SIUE student Courtney Littell was killed in a car crash Wednesday.

An SIUE student described as an “adventurer and traveler” was killed in a car crash Wednesday near Lincoln, Illinois.

Courtney E. Littell, 22, of Bloomington, was driving north on Interstate 55 when a southbound car went through the median and struck her vehicle at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Logan County Deputy Coroner Chris Sprague told the Pantagraph that Littell died of blunt force trauma. The driver of the southbound car, Adriana Rodrigues, of Wenona, was treated for minor injuries and cited for improper lane usage and driving without insurance.

Littell was an adventurer and traveler now “exploring beyond the veil,” according to the obituary written by her family Monday. “Courtney was active and influential in everything she did,” it read. “Most recently, she applied her gifts to the theater department as a student and leader at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Her love to be creative and write made her well-recognized within the English Department.”

Born and raised in Bloomington, Littell graduated from Normal Community West High School, participating in swim team, marching band, Outdoor Adventure Club and Ultimate Frisbee League. At SIUE, she was part of the English Language and Literature Association, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, and U.S. Army ROTC, according to her obituary.

“She never did anything in half measures,” her obituary read. “If she was going to be part of something, she put all of herself into it.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Courtney Littell’s family and friends as they face this tragedy,” said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. “It is heartbreaking to lose someone so special. She truly will be missed by all of those who knew her at SIUE.”

Littell is survived by her parents, stepparents, three sisters and two brothers, among other relatives. Counseling is available to her fellow students by calling 618-650-2842. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Five A’s Humane Society of Godfrey, which connected Littell to her pet dog Zula, who also died in the accident, according to the obituary.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald