“Traffic crashes are unfortunately the leading cause of death among adolescents,” Senator Brady said. “In 2007, I worked with Secretary of State Jesse White to pass a new teen driver safety law; however, we must also be sure that any problem areas on our roads are also addressed. It is tragic that the lives of these two fine young people were cut short.”
“The tragedy that occurred on this stretch of I-74 took the lives of two young people who had bright futures ahead of them,” said Representative Mitchell. “Today, we stand here to ensure that other parents and families won’t have to endure the same pain that was felt when Celine and Michael lost their lives that tragic morning. There have been multiple fatalities at this location, and with the enhanced safety measures we are announcing today, it is our hope that future tragedies can be prevented.”
Senator Brady and Representative Mitchell were joined May 9 by Representative Dan Brady of Bloomington, Representative Keith Sommer of Morton, Tremont Mayor Todd Bong, Illinois Department of Transportation engineer Dennis Markwell; Dr. and Mrs. Michael Honan, parents of Michael Honan II; Carla Estes, mother of Celine Estes; and Lori McCoy and children, Chelsea and Nick, family of Jim McCoy who was killed in an accident in the same spot on Jan. 22, 2008.
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans a number of safety enhancements, including more than six miles of cable barrier to be installed in the I-74 median between the Carlock Interchange and County Highway 39 to prevent cross-over crashes. Bidding on the project is expected to begin next month, with construction to start soon afterward.