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Mascoutah couple loses baby in car crash; charges against 19-year-old pending

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Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident. (Nicole L. Cvetnic / McClatchy)
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Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident. (Nicole L. Cvetnic / McClatchy)

Three people were airlifted to the hospital Saturday following a car accident near Mascoutah.

All three adults survived their injuries, but an infant delivered later by emergency cesarean-section, did not.

Just before 11 a.m., Brenton W. Tinsley, 31, and Elizabeth Tinsley, 31, both of Mascoutah, were traveling eastbound in their Nissan Maxima on Jefferson Road, a news release from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department stated. Timothy J. Junius, also of Mascoutah, was traveling southbound on Brickyard Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the Tinsleys’ car in the driver’s side door, causing both vehicles to overturn, according to the release.

There is no stop sign for Jefferson Road, only for Brickyard Road, at the intersection.

According to the release, Brenton Tinsley suffered head injuries and was taken to St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. His wife, Elizabeth, was taken to Memorial Hospital in Shiloh before being transferred to a St. Louis area hospital. Both are expected to survive, according to Capt. Bruce Fleshren, chief of investigations for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.

Elizabeth was 7 months pregnant. According to police, her child was delivered via emergency C-section in Shiloh, and transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, but did not survive.

Junius was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Shiloh for evaluation. He was released pending completion of the accident investigation and lab results before any charges were issued, the release stated.

Reporter Joseph Bustos contributed to this article.

Hana Muslic has been covering breaking news and crime for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.


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