NEWS

Names released, tickets given in early-morning mishap

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

Drivers have been located and tickets issued in an early-morning Aug. 25 auto accident in which vehicle occupants were gone by the time emergency personnel arrived.

The accident was reported about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 25. It occurred west of Galva, on Route 82 about a half mile north of 200N.

Galva-Bishop Hill Emergency Service Ambulance and Bishop Hill Fire Department were called to the scene of a one-car rollover and a car in the ditch. When authorities arrived there was no one at the scene.

One driver has been identified as Lisa Muir, 33, of Wataga. According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, she was northbound in her 2006 Pontiac GT when she swerved to miss a deer and went off the roadway to the east. Her car went into the ditch and landed on its top.

The other driver was John Beaman, 40, of Kewanee. He told authorities he swerved to miss the Muir car and went into the ditch on the west side of the road.

The accident was investigated for more than a week by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, who issued four tickets to both drivers: failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident; leaving the scene of a vehicle damage accident; failure to report an accident; illegal transportation of alcohol.

Both Muir and Beaman were given a notice to appear and released.

The Galva News first reported the accident on Aug. 28. Names of persons involved were not available until after the Sept. 4 Galva News was published.