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Coroner: Two 16-year-olds killed after crashing stolen van in Madison

Emergency responders were on the scene of an accident on Illinois 203 in Madison on Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency responders were on the scene of an accident on Illinois 203 in Madison on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities on Thursday identified the two people killed in a high-speed collision on Illinois 203 in Madison as 16-year-old boys from Granite City.

Kyrus D. Sykes and Marcus D. Gordon were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Sykes, Gordon and another juvenile were in a 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan that was reported stolen in Fairview Heights.

The van was southbound on Illinois 203 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound pickup truck.

GUEST BOOK: Kyrus D. Sykes

GUEST BOOK: Marcus D. Gordon

Granite City Superintendent Jim Greenwald said the boys were not students at Granite City High School, but they attended classes at Coordinated Youth & Human Services, which takes in students from Granite City, Madison, Venice and a few other towns when they have had difficulties in the traditional school setting.

According to a statement from Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn’s office, preliminary autopsy results found that Sykes died of blunt chest trauma and Gordon died of blunt trauma to the head, chest and abdomen. Routine toxicology tests were pending.

A GoFundMe page created by Cory Gordon tallied $305 in donations as of Thursday evening.

“Marcus was walking home from school and a couple of friends picked him up in a van,” the page for Marcus Gordon said. “They were involved in a head-on collision. Marcus was killed and we are asking for help to open up the ground and buy him a tombstone. We appreciate any help you can give.”

It’s not clear whether or how Marcus Gordon and Cory Gordon are releated. An email message sent to Cory Gordon was not returned.

Shortly before the crash, a Madison police officer saw the van running stop signs near 12th and Alton streets and tried to pull it over as it pulled onto Route 203. The van then accelerated to nearly 100 mph, driving under a railroad overpass and colliding with the oncoming pickup.

Kyrus was driving and Marcus was in the front seat. Both were trapped inside the van and had to be extricated.

The third juvenile was thrown from the van and was flown to an area hospital in critical condition. The driver of the pickup was taken to an area hospital, where his condition was not available. The entire pursuit lasted about 30 seconds over about a quarter of a mile, Nonn’s office said.

The crash is under investigation by the Madison Police Department and the Metro-East Crash Assistance Team, which was called for crash reconstruction.

Funeral arrangements for the two teenagers were pending.

BND reporter Tobias Wall contributed to this story.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald