Thursday, December 31, 2009

Child killed in hit and run accident

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 9:09 a.m.

HAMILTON, IL -- A Lee County Iowa man faces a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident Monday near Hamilton.

The accident left a six year old dead and four others hurt.

The Illinois State Police say this man Gary Mason of Argyle was pulling a trailer when it came loose from his truck, and veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided with a car driven by Lora Smajlovic on Illinois 96 south of Hamilton.

A memorial has been set up at the scene of the accident in memory of the six year old girl.

She was in the back seat with two other siblings.

Smaljovic along with three other passengers were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Mason is currently in the Hancock County Jail on a 125 thousand dollar bond.

State's Attorney Jim Drodz says there likely will be other charges filed.

Mason will be back in court Thursday.

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