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RURAL GIBSON CITY — A two-vehicle accident in rural Gibson City on Tuesday evening claimed the lives of a 43-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter and left a second child hospitalized with serious injuries, Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace said.
The accident occurred around 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Ford County roads 200 North and 100 East, about four miles southwest of Gibson City, Sheriff Mark Doran said in a news release.
Doran said a 2005 Buick LeSabre driven by Cathy D. Kaiser, 43, of rural Gibson City, was northbound on County Road 100 East when it was struck in the intersection by a westbound 2002 Honda Accord driven by Jeff Whitehouse, 42, of Saybrook.
The intersection has yield signs for northbound and southbound traffic.
The Whitehouse vehicle struck the Kaiser vehicle on the passenger side, causing it to flip onto its top, Doran said. The Kaiser vehicle landed in a ditch on the northwest side of the road and became partially submerged in water, Doran said.
Meanwhile, the Whitehouse vehicle traveled through the intersection and came to rest onto the northwest shoulder of County Road 200 North.
Mrs. Kaiser was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:50 p.m., upon the coroner’s arrival.
The Buick was also occupied by Mrs. Kaiser’s two daughters, ages 6 and 10, Doran said.
The 6-year-old was pronounced dead by an emergency room physician at 6:13 p.m. at Gibson Area Hospital, Wallace said. Wallace declined to release the child’s name.
Mrs. Kaiser’s 10-year-old daughter, whose name also is not being released at this time, was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Wallace said. Wallace said the child was seriously injured. Doran said her condition is unknown at this time.
“We’re all wishing for the best for her,” Wallace said.
Autopsies performed Wednesday afternoon on Mrs. Kaiser and the 6-year-old showed both died from multiple injuries received in the accident, Wallace said.
“There were small amounts of water in their trachea, but not enough to contribute to their death,” Wallace said.
No inquest will be held.
Whitehouse was transported to Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City with apparent non-life threatening injuries, Doran said. There were no passengers in his vehicle, Wallace said.
No tickets were issued, according to the sheriff’s office.
Doran said the crash remains under investigation by the Ford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of an Illinois State Police crash reconstructionist and the Ford County Coroner’s Office.
Besides state police, responding to the accident were the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, Gibson City Fire Protection District and Gibson Area Ambulance Service, Wallace said.