New Baden Woman Killed In Car–Pedestrian Crash
Coroner States Alcohol May Have Played Role In Death
A car versus pedestrian crash at approximately 5 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, resulted in the death of the pedestrian, Jean D. Winters, 40, of New Baden, and a closure of IL177 in the vicinity of the crash while the accident was investigated by the Illinois State Police.
A 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Scott Moffatt, 36, of Okawville, was headed westbound on IL177 near Prairie Bottom Road, and was attempting to pass a westbound pickup truck being operated by a Mike Birchler.
The Cobalt entered the eastbound lane to pass and then struck Winters, who Moffatt did not see until the collision. Winters was wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes.
The office of Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger was dispatched to the scene of the accident at approximately 5:27 a.m. According to Styninger’s report, Winters suffered massive traumatic injuries and was killed instantly.
Styninger’s release on the accident also stated that alcohol on the part of the pedestrian is thought to have played a role in the accident. No autopsy is planned but toxicology samples were obtained for routine testing.
The crash continues to be investigated by the Illinois State Police and the Washington County Coroner’s office.
Other agencies on the scene included the Okawville Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.