O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon Police still investigating overturned vehicle accident

A red Ford Focus with New Hampshire plates overturned on Hartman Lane Wednesday afternoon and traveled down a large embankment, coming to rest on its roof near the treeline.
A red Ford Focus with New Hampshire plates overturned on Hartman Lane Wednesday afternoon and traveled down a large embankment, coming to rest on its roof near the treeline. By Tim Vizier

O’Fallon Police are still investigating the cause of a mysterious accident in O’Fallon that occurred yesterday afternoon in O’Fallon involving a middle-aged Shiloh man who’s vehicle went off Hartman Lane, and down an embankment and overturning nearly 200 feet from the road.

The 46-year-old Shiloh resident’s identity is still not being released by police until more information is obtained by investigators.

The driver was not ticketed for the accident, and no charges are expected at this time, Mojzis noted.

The vehicle involved was a red Ford Focus and was confirmed by Mojzis as being a rental car with New Hampshire license plates.

“We are still looking into whether or not there was a medical condition that may have contributed to the incident,” O’Fallon Police Officer Mike Mojzis said. “I believe he was sent to a Belleville area hospital, but not sure at this time.”

The accident occurred north of Frank Scott Parkway around 4:20 p.m.

“I don’t really know at this time why the accident occurred,” Mojzis said. “None of the drivers or other motorists who witnessed the accident reported anything unusual.

It didn’t appear to witnesses that the vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic, “but for some reason just drove off the side of the road,” Mojzis explained.

“Basically what the witnesses stated was the vehicle just kind of veered off onto the side of the road,” Mojzis said. “It was going northbound on Hartman, veered off to the left and crossed over the oncoming (southbound) lane of traffic, went down that hill and it actually entered the woods, bounced, overturned and landed on the roof.”

According to Mojzis, the man was trapped in vehicle, and was its only occupant.

With the help of witnesses, the unidentified driver was able to exit the vehicle prior to first responders being on the scene.

The accident report is not complete at this time by Officer Hancock, Mojzis advised, leaving police unable to comment at this time on an exact cause of the accident or identity of the driver.

Mojzis suspects an update by no later than tomorrow.

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