The 33-year-old man who was a passenger in a car that ran a red light at Sixth and Missouri Avenue early Saturday and slammed into a van has been identified.
The St. Clair County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Lance Jones of 3213 Liberty St., St. Louis, Mo. He was pronounced dead at Touchette Regional Hospital.
A van carrying two girls was stopped at the light when a Chevrolet with three unidentified males came barreling through the red light and their car slammed into the van. Jones was a passenger in the car. The impact of the crash knocked the stop light down, Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin “Buddy” Dye said.
The police investigation reveals that the at-fault driver was northbound on Sixth Street and failed to stop at the red light. His vehicle collided with the van that was traveling east on Missouri Avenue. The driver of the van and her passenger were taken to St. Louis University in St. Louis with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car, who has not been charged, pending the completion of the police investigation, was treated at Touchette Regional Hospital for minor injuries and released.