A Missouri teenager was charged Thursday in connection with the death of two people in a two-vehicle crash on Townline Road near Mackinaw in early September.
Tyler Dean Buch, now 17, of St. Peters, Missouri, is charged with two Class 2 felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs involving the deaths of Jason Mead, 31, South Pekin, and Giovanni Hagan, 17, of Missouri, on Sept. 1. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed, court records said.
According to court documents, Tazewell County Sheriff’s deputies were called at 5:35 p.m. to the area of Townline Road and Tazewell Road in rural Tazewell County in response to a two-vehicle crash. At the scene officers found a pickup truck in the ditch facing westbound. Mead was found dead inside the vehicle. The second vehicle, a silver Pontiac with Missouri plates, was resting on its passenger side facing south. Hagan, still in his seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Buch had already been transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for his injuries. Buch was asked by hospital staff who was driving and Buch responded “me,” and if he smokes cannabis, to which he responded yes. He refused to answer questions for the sheriff’s deputy, court records said.
Subpoenaed hospital records for Buch from the night of the crash show Buch tested positive for cannabis, court records said.
At the scene, witness Zachary Hagan told deputies that he was traveling in the car directly in front of Buch. Hagan said he was traveling from St. Louis to Chicago with Buch and Giovanni Hagan, but in a separate car. He told the officers that he was watching as Buch drove off the road onto the south side shoulder before losing control. He said Buch did not appear to have control when he came back onto the road and that the back end of the car was sliding and swerved into the westbound lane and hit Mead’s vehicle. He said Buch’s car seemed to be moving very fast, according to court records.
Other witnesses traveling with Zachary Hagan also confirmed that Buch was speeding and that he was swerving all over the road prior to the accident.
There is no record of Buch at the Tazewell County Justice Center.
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