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Coroner identifies Freeburg woman killed in one of three crashes on Frank Scott

Three crashes in five hours Monday night along Frank Scott Parkway ended with a fatality.
Three crashes in five hours Monday night along Frank Scott Parkway ended with a fatality. News-Democrat

A Freeburg woman was killed in one of three accidents Monday night along Frank Scott Parkway in west Belleville.

The woman was identified Tuesday by St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone as Georgia A. Sauzek.

Stone said Sauzek, 48, died of “traumatic injuries related to the auto accident.” He said investigators are looking into her medical records, trying to determine if she had a health issue that may have caused her to become incapacitated before she lost control. An autopsy is not planned.

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According to Illinois State Police reports, at about 10:13 p.m., Sauzek was driving a 2008 Ford Edge in the westbound lanes of Illinois 15 when she veered off the roadway just before the Frank Scott Parkway exit ramp.

“Her vehicle went off the road to the right and flipped over as it passed under the Frank Scott Parkway overpass, ending up facing eastbound just to the west side of the overpass,” Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said.

Firefighters had to extricate the victim from her vehicle. Rescue workers said she was unresponsive in the ambulance on the way to the Memorial Hospital. She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:50 p.m.

Dye said no other vehicles were involved in the crash, which is under investigation by the Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.

The other two crashes happened at 5:20 p.m. at Frank Scott Parkway and Mount Pleasant Road near the west Belleville Post Office and at 5:53 p.m. at West Main Street and Frank Scott Parkway, according to Belleville Fire Department Chief Tom Pour.

Neither of the other two accidents involved serious injuries or extrication, Pour said. He chalked the crashes up to coincidence.

“It’s a pretty straight stretch of road,” Pour said. “I think if there are more crashes there it’s because of congestion more than anything else, especially in the morning and evenings when people are trying to get to and from work and school.”