Metro-East News

Coroner IDs teen girl who died in Madison County crash

The Madison County Coroner released the identity of the 17-year-old Alton teenager who died Saturday morning in an accident at Homer Adams Parkway and Buckmaster Lane.

Trinity M. Buel had just gotten off work at the Alton Steak ‘n Shake when the accident happened, according to Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn.

Buel was a passenger in her 1995 Jeep Cherokee Country traveling westbound on Homer Adams when the driver of the Jeep attempted to turn onto southbound Buckmaster Lane. A 2005 Cadillac SRX driving eastbound on Homer Adams Parkway struck Buel's Jeep, Nonn wrote.

The teen was pronounced dead in the emergency department of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton at 12:31 a.m. Saturday.

An autopsy conducted by the Coroner’s Office indicated that the teen died as a result of blunt chest and abdominal trauma. Routine toxicology testing is underway, Nonn wrote.

The Madison County Coroner's Office and the Alton Police Department were investigating the accident.

Information on the medical conditions of both drivers were not released.

A gathering to celebrate Buel's life was planned from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Piasa Bird Park, with a gathering directly after that at Godfrey KC Hall. The public Facebook event said everyone was welcome.

Buel's arrangements are being handled by Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck