91-Year-Old Man Dies in Car Crash in Marion County, Illinois

MARION COUNTY, Ill.— Illinois State Police said that a 91-year-old man named William F. Borcherding died in a violent wreck that injured his passenger and an 8-year-old girl riding in the other vehicle. The two injured passengers required life flights to hospitals in St. Louis for emergency medical treatment, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. The deceased driver appears to be at fault for the horrific collision.

Illinois State Police reported that Mr. Borcherding, hailing from Iuka, was driving his 2000 Lincoln with his wife Erma Rose on Omega Road around 9:16 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018.  Mr. Borcherding drove southerly toward the intersection at U.S. Route 50, just outside of Iuka. Illinois State Police Troopers believe that Mr. Borcherding failed to stop at the stop sign at that intersection. He proceeded into the intersection without stopping and a 2004 Kia operated by Megan D. Hayes, 32 years of age from Salem, IL, careened into the driver’s door of the Lincoln. Ms. Hayes was driving westerly on U.S. Route 50.

Ms. Hayes’ 8-year old passenger was seriously injuredin the crash in addition to Erma Rose Borcherding. There is no update on their health condition at this time. The Illinois State Police did not indicate the relationship between Ms. Hayes and her 8-year-old passenger.

Illinois has strict license renewal guidelines for drivers aged 69 and older. From 69 to 80 years of age, the driver can renew his or her license every four years. From 80 to 87, the driver must renewevery two years. Thereafter, the driver must renew annually. Drivers 75 or older must take a driving test every time they renew their license according to the Illinois Secretary of State.

Renewing a driver’s license with such greatfrequency allows the Illinois Vehicle Services and Driver’s License Division to watch seniors closely and monitor their ability to drive. If the senior is having difficulty with his or her facultiesthen Driver Services can place limitations on the person’s opportunities to drive, like daytime only, or require them to pass safe driving tests.

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