Posted On: February 12, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

10 People Arrested in Connection with Illinois Car Crash that Left Two Teenagers Dead

This week, Illinois State Police arrested 10 people over their alleged involvement in either providing alcohol to minors or participating in a drinking game at a party that took place before an Illinois car crash that killed two people and seriously injured a third person on October 17.

18-year-old pickup truck driver Evan R. Ibbotson and 16-year-old passenger Jessica Brown died at the crash site. The pickup truck drove off a gravel road before overturning in a ditch. Benjamin L. Jostes, Ibbotson’s 24-year-old half-brother, sustained serious injures from when he was thrown from the truck and pinned under the wreckage.

Jostes, who is one of the people accused of providing alcohol to Ibbotson, has been charged with unlawful delivery of alcoholic liquor to a minor. Other people charged with the same crime are Ellery resident Michael T. Gill, 22, Bone Gap resident Kody J. Bailey, 23, and Albion residents Brandi Wayland, 22, Anson A. Rutger, 23, and Nathan R. Wayland, 24. Ellery residents Ernest J. Fisher, 18, and Brian W. Winter, 19, and two minors were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor.

Underage drinking is illegal. It can prove especially catastrophic during an Illinois car crash. Teen drivers lack the experience on the road that older motorists who have been driving longer possess. Add intoxication to the equation and the combination has claimed the lives of many teen drivers, their passengers, and people riding in other vehicles, as well as pedestrians.

You may be able to hold a drunk driver liable for your Chicago, Illinois car accident injuries. There also may be other liable parties, such as the bar that overserved an already drunk patron who then got behind the driver’s seat of a car or an adult who served alcohol to a minor.

Ten arrests in Ill. teens' Oct. deaths, Courierpress, February 11, 2010

2 Albion teens killed, 1 injured in crash, Daily Republican Register, October 19, 2009

Related Web Resources:
(720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 1961, Illinois General Assembly

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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