Today in Chillicothe — Feb. 24

Marianne Gillespie
An eagle takes flight over the Illinois River near Rome.

Crystal Hayward, 46, of 4509 Lakeland, remains in critical condition almost three weeks after being struck by a semi-truck making a U-turn on Illinois Route 29.

She was LifeFlighted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Feb. 4 after accident, which happened at Richland and Route 29. 

Semi driver Vlado Petrovski, of Willowbrook Place, was cited on a charge of making an illegal U-turn, who told police he was traveling south on Route 29 in the east lane. As he reached Richland, he traveled into the west lane of the southbound traffic in order to make a U-turn at Richland, then intending to head north on Route 29.

Although he said he checked his passenger-side mirror and saw no vehicles in the west southbound lane, Hayward’s 2005 Dodge Caravan struck the rear passenger side of the trailer on the driver’s side of the van.

The southbound lanes of Route 29 at Cambron were shut down for more than an hour to investigate the accident.

A witness corroborated Petrovski’s account of the accident. He was uninjured.

Hayward’s vehicle continued into the ditch and hit a tree on the west side of the highway.

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Today's events ...

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS is at Heritage Manor for its annual Mardi Gras party from 5-7 p.m. tonight. Enjoy food, music and prizes.

RIVER TERRACE CHURCH WINTER VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL continues all this week.

PEARCE SENIOR POTLUCK is at 11:45 a.m. today. Bring a dish to share and own table service. Entertainment provided by IVC Jazz Band. Everyone welcome to attend.

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At last night's Chillicothe City Council meeting, the aldermen went into closed session for about 45 minutes with their attorney, Danny Schroeder, who was hired to do legal work in reference to a potential gravel pit directly west of city limits.

The 80-acre property is near Sycamore Trail and Brandon Park.

No action was taken once they came out of closed session.

The council also approved the hiring of Patrick Donovan as the city's ninth police officer. He is scheduled to attend the Police Training Institute in Champaign March 28. He will be sworn in this morning.