Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of May 23-29

Editor’s note: The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.

Troy man killed in crash

The St. Clair County Coroner’s office on Tuesday identified the two men killed in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday on I-64 at Green Mount Road in O’Fallon.

Killed in the crash were Harold Miller, 81, of Swansea and Shawn Heilman, 40, of Troy.

The coroner’s office said both men died of blunt force trauma as a result of the crash.

According to preliminary Illinois State Police reports, an eastbound 2007 Chrysler 300 that was driven by Miller was either stopped in the far right eastbound lane of I-64 or attempting to move from that lane onto the right shoulder at 4:14 a.m. Sunday. He was struck from behind by a 2000 Honda Civic that was driven by Heilman.

The collision sent Miller’s vehicle across all eastbound lanes of traffic and into the median guard wires. Heilman’s car spun 180 degrees and came to rest facing west in the eastbound right side shoulder.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner. No one else was in either vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

State troopers continue to investigate the crash.

Loader lost in fire in Bond County

No injuries were reported, but a skid loader was destroyed in a fire over the weekend in rural Bond County. Highland-Pierron firefighters responded to a report of a tractor fire along Drake School Avenue in southwestern Bond County around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. A skid-steer loader that was sitting in a field was burning. The cause of the fire is unknown. Firefighters were on the scene for about 30 minutes. The loader was a total loss.

HPD arrests not available

Tickets and arrests made by the Highland Police Department for May 23-29, which typically would have run this week, were not made available to the News Leader by press time. Therefore, they will be included in next week’s police briefs.