Car crash in Bartonville leaves one child dead and another with critical injuries

UPDATE 9:19PM: 7-year-old Kieley Blakesley, who was one of the children involved in the accident on Airport Road Tuesday morning, has died. 

She was pronounced brain dead this evening at 8:38pm at the Children’s Hospital at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

According to the Peoria County Coroner, she was an unrestrained rear seat passenger.

An autopsy will be done to determine cause of death.

There was a two-vehicle crash on South Airport Road at Dietrich Lane in Bartonville Tuesday morning.

Police say a car traveling southbound was going over a hill when it crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.

Two children, ages five and seven, were in the back seat of the southbound car.  

Both drivers and the two children were taken to the hospital.

While the drivers' injuries are non-life threatening, the children suffered critical injuries.

The driver at fault, Paige Stuart, who is also the mother of one of the kids, is being charged with five citations including DUI and improper child restraint. 

"We just want to stress the safety for not driving with any distractions because it just takes a couple of seconds to travel in the wrong land and someone come out," says Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell. "It's perfect timing, but it's just a sad, unfortunate situation."

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

 


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