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Coroner identifies three men killed in Friday night’s fatal I-55 crash

Authorities have identified the three men killed in a suspected DUI crash Friday night on Interstate 55 near Collinsville.

Gary J. Metze, 59, of Troy and his passenger 52-year-old Robert A. Dean, of Staunton, died when a man driving a Mustang crossed the median, went through a wire barrier and struck their 2005 gray Nissan Sentra head-on, according to the Madison County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the Mustang, 29-year-old Kaylyn J. McLemore, also died.

“All three men died as a result of injuries related to the crash,” Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn wrote in a release. “Routine toxicological testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs will also be performed.”

Officers said they found an open bottle of whiskey in the center console of the Mustang.

On Sunday, Metze’s son posted about the crash on Facebook. It’d been shared more than 650 times as of Monday afternoon.

He said his father and Dean carpooled to work every day and were on their way home Friday night around 9:45 p.m. when the crash occurred.

“If you can read this and take ANYTHING from it, it should be that you should NEVER, EVER drive drunk no matter what the circumstances are,” he wrote.

“My heart is broken. The funny, caring, sweet, hard working, loving man that raised me is gone, but I know for a fact that he’s still here watching over us and taking care of us all. I love you pop, we all love you and i’m (sic) gonna miss you so much.”

Metze’s visitation is scheduled for 3:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Frieden’s United Church of Christ in Troy. His service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Frieden’s church, 207 East Center St. in Troy.

Dean’s service information was not immediately available.

McLemore’s service had not been planned as of Monday, according to a William C. Harris Funeral Home spokeswoman.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck