Victim identified in deadly Tazewell County crash

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WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The Tazewell County Coroner identified the crash victim as 20-year-old Kaitlyn “Katie” Guard.

Guard, who was from Pekin, died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to autopsy findings from Coroner Charles Hanley. Toxicology results are pending. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hanley’s office was contacted to respond to the two-vehicle accident in the 17000 block of Springfield Rd in Groveland Township that occurred at approximately 2:34 p.m.

According to an obituary, Guard graduated from Tremont High School in 2018 and was pursuing a nursing degree at Illinois Central College.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

The burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. A celebration of life will follow the burial at the Elks Club, in West Peoria.

According to Guard’s obituary, memorial contributions are requested to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, or to Keegan’s Krew Anti-Bullying Campaign, as she was an advocate for animals and anti-bullying.

The case remains under investigation by the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department and Tazewell County Coroner’s Office.


UPDATE: A 20-year-old Pekin female died in the crash according to the Tazewell county Sheriffs office.

The occupants injured in the other vehicle were a 45 year-old male and a 48 year old Female, and were transported to the hospital with life threatening injury’s.

The names of the deceased will be released pending family notification by the Tazewell county Coroners office. The accident is being investigated by the Tazewell county sheriffs office.


ELM GROVE TOWNSHIP, Ill. — Crews are on the scene of a deadly crash in Tazewell County near Springfield Rd and Broadway St Tuesday afternoon.

One vehicle rolled into a ditch and another caught on fire and was eventually extinguished.

Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley confirmed that one person died in the crash and two others were injured. A LifeFlight was called to the scene and took one of the injured passengers to a local hospital; the other was transported by ambulance.

Tazewell County Sheriff Jeff Lower said he does not know if the two people taken to the hospital sustained life threatening injuries, but they were found unconscious.

Police are diverting traffic on Springfield Rd and drivers are advised to find alternate routes. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m.

The Tazewell County Coroner’s Office, Pekin Fire Department, Pekin Police Department, Morton Fire Department and AMT are all on the scene. Lower said the Pekin Police Department is currently working on reconstruction.

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