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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Crash kills local teen

  • ISP identify decedent as Gregory Dillman
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  • An early morning crash Tuesday (today) claimed the life of a local 18-year-old male.
    Illinois State Police have identified the decedent as 18-year-old Gregory W. Dillman of Carmi.
    Cameron D. Gunter, 20, Carmi, has been booked at the City-County Jail in Carmi in connection with the crash.
    According to officials, Gunter is accused of being the driver of a 2003 GMC pickup that skidded off the Burnt Prairie/Mill Shoals blacktop around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday east of Burnt Prairie and turned on to its side, partially ejecting the decedent from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by White County Coroner Chris Marsh.
    Gunter was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released and subsequently jailed. He remains in jail pending the filing of formal charges. Among his preliminary charges are DUI, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, driving while his driver's license was suspended, unlawful sale/gift/delivery of alcohol to a person under the age of 21 and obstructing a police officer.
    Three young female passengers in the pickup were questioned by Illinois State Police and later cited for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. They were reportedly not injured in the crash and were identified as Brittanie A. Garrison, 19, McLeansboro, Kenley J. Masterson, 18, Carmi, and a juvenile, aged 17 and of Carmi.
    Gunter was sentenced in White County Circuit Court in October 2013 in another matter. He was placed on two years probation and given a six-month (stayed) jail sentence after he entered a guilty plea to a class A misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct.
    Court records said he was accused of throwing empty beer cans from an overpass on to traffic on Interstate 64 in August. An additional charge of vehicular endangerment (a class 4 felony) was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
    Gunter was also ordered to pay fines, fees and costs totaling $3,623 and to perform 250 hours community service.
    A DUI charge also dating from August was dismissed on a motion by the state after a blood alcohol content of .076 was filed with the court (below the .08 threshold to be presumed DUI in Illinois).
    Another charge from August 2013, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, resulted in a sentence of two years conditional discharge and fines, fees and costs totaling $1,372.
    A traffic crash originally reported in May 2012 that listed an Ethan Healy as the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup that rolled in an embankment off County Road 2300 North in Burnt Prairie Township was later amended following an investigation.
    White County Sheriff Doug Maier told The Times later in May 2012 the investigation of the crash revealed the actual driver was Gunter, then 18 years old.
    Both Gunter and a passenger in that vehicle, 18-year-old Carson R. Matheny of Carmi, were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals by private vehicles. A second passenger, identified in the report as 21-year-old Braxton Sauls of Omaha, was not injured.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gunter was issued citations for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of a personal injury traffic crash following that investigation. He was placed on two years court supervision in 2012 and ordered to perform 50 hours public service, as well as to pay fines, fees and costs totaling $406 for the leaving the scene citation.
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