Hayward still critical after accident with semi

Karen Danner

Driver ticketed for making U-turn

A Rome woman remains in critical condition at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria following a collision with a Freightliner semi Feb. 4 at Richland and Illinois Route 29.

Crystal Hayward, 46, of 4509 Lakeland, struck a semi driven by Vlado Petrovski of Willowbrook Place just after 12:30 p.m., according to a report at the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department.

Petrovski, who was cited on a charge of making an illegal U-turn, 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.

Due to Hayward’s severe injuries, the officer was unable to speak with her at the scene.

Rescue 33 personnel did inform him, however, that Hayward, before she was LifeFlighted, said she did not remember the accident.

A state trooper arrived to perform a truck inspection.

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.

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

Petrovski, 62, was not injured.