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Crash on Rural Road Kills Three

Oct 16, 2014

Illinois State Police blame “failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash” for a car crash that killed three people early Thursday near Macomb.

The crash happened down this road and on the right.
Credit Rich Egger

Those pronounced dead are the driver, Gabrielle Yocum, 21, of Springfield (IL); passenger Cassie Roberts, 21, of Macomb; and Cedric Huffman, 23, of Bushnell.

A fourth person in the vehicle, Justin Beer, 23, was injured and taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

In a news release, State Police said the four were in a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. They were headed west on N. 900th Rd., about half a mile west of E. 1000th Rd.  The vehicle left the road on the right side, drove through a ditch approximately 224 feet, then hit a tree and an embankment.

The release indicated all four were wearing seatbelts.

The crash happened at around 2:05 am.