Crash claims LCHS student
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[APRIL 4, 2005]
A late-night crash
has claimed the life of a Lincoln High School student. Sonya Twist
and her father, Matthew Twist, were returning to Lincoln from
Champaign at 11:33 p.m. on Saturday. Sonya was driving. According to
a state police report, they were about five miles east of Lincoln on
Route 10 when their 1997 Hyundai Elantra left the roadway and struck
a guardrail adjacent to the westbound shoulder.
The Twists were both transported from
the scene to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital with life-threatening
injuries and later air-lifted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield
by Air Evac.
Sonya was pronounced dead at 3:37
Mr. Twist remains hospitalized at
St. John's Hospital.
Sonya had earlier had a French horn
lesson from a U of I professor. She was heavily involved with many
school activities, including band and drama.
She was also involved with Lincoln
Christian Church youth group activities.
Her father strongly supported all
her activities and was in attendance at them.
Principal Joyce Hubbard said that
Sonya was "such a bright spot" and will be missed by many teachers
The school has lots of extra people
on hand today to help deal with the loss. Logan-Mason Mental Health
and the youth minister from Lincoln Christian Church are helping
with counseling. Classmates and teammates are being directed to go
to the IMC (library) or the auditorium.
The cause of the accident is still
unknown. There were no other vehicles or victims involved. The
investigation is being handled by Illinois State Police, District 9.
The Sangamon County coroner's office will be determining the cause
following agencies assisted in dealing with the accident:
- Logan County Sheriff's Department
- Logan County Paramedic
- Lincoln Rural Fire Department
- Lincoln Fire Department
- Beason Fire Department
- Air Evac
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