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Car Crash Pushes Lawmakers To Take Action
A tragic crash in the small town of Corwin affected many lives in central Illinois. What started out as a fun night with friends ended in devastation after four teenagers lost their lives. Five years later, those left behind are still remembering the victims.
Sunday, family and friends of those victims came back to the place where it all happened to once again pay their respects.
Five years later and the pain still hurts just as much as it did the day Megan McGlasson found out her older brother, Christopher, lost his life in a car accident.
"He was, he was something," Megan McGlasson said. "We had our sibling rivalry but he's--he has a kind heart, a huge heart."
Christopher McGlasson was known to play jokes on his sister, but Megan always knew it was out of love. Now, the sibling rivalry is just a memory. One February morning brought terrible news.
"The doorbell rang and I thought, 'It's early in the morning. Who's ringing the doorbell?,'" Megan said. "I checked my phone and it's six o'clock in the morning. I hear dad say to my mom, called her downstairs. I sat up in my bed and looked down the hallway and she just looked at me."
The visitor was from the coroner's office, telling them 19-year-old Christopher died in a car accident. Katherine Carpentier, 15, Katelyn Mcarty, 19, and Ross Conrady, 18, died due to injuries from the crash as well. The four teenagers were speeding down the hilly 1300th Street near Middletown.
Family members said the teens lost control of the truck and hit a tree.
"It really affected us hard because it was so tragic and no one saw it coming at all," Katie Tucker said.
Those left behind hope no one else ever has to lose people they love like this.
"Be careful," Carrington Bell said. "I mean, it's not like it just directly affects one or two people or one family or two families. It affects a community."
Without her brother here to physically hold, Megan holds on tightly to memories she shares with those who knew him best.
"All of Chris's friends say he's a great friend, he's always there for you," Megan said. "That's how I want to live my life."
Megan said her brother spent his last night taking Katelyn Mcarty out for dinner.
In 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a public act intended to curb excessive speeding. It was named Chris and Katie's Law.
Friends and family are collecting donations to build a memorial at the crash site. They also want to use the money to make donations to local charities in honor of the crash victims.