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A 63-year-old Venedy woman died from a three-vehicle accident on State Route 127 at Holzhauer Auto Mall Drive at 6:08 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23.
Denise I. Dyck was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:18 p.m. by Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger.
According to a press release from Styninger, Dyck was the unrestrained driver of a vehicle in the northbound lane of State Route 127 waiting to turn into the Holzhauer Auto Dealership when she was struck from the rear by the driver of another vehicle traveling northbound, pushing Dyck’s vehicle into the southbound lane where it was struck head on by a southbound vehicle. The driver of the southbound vehicle, whose name was not released, was transported from the scene with major injuries. The driver of the northbound vehicle which struck Dyck refused treatment. The name of the driver of the northbound vehicle which struck Dyck was also not released. Toxicology samples were obtained by Styninger for routine testing. Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction unit responded to the scene as well which caused the highway to be shut down for hours.
Agencies at the scene were the Washington County Ambulance Service, Nashville Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Nashville Fire Department, Washington County EMA, Pinckneyville Ambulance Service and the Washington County Coroner.
According to Styninger, the cause of death appears to be a closed head injury with cervical fracture and the manner of death is accidental. The crash continues to be investigated by the Nashville Police Department, Illinois State Police and the Washington County Coroner’s Office.