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Single Vehicle Crash Results in Fatality of Pana Man

According to a statement from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department, they along with the Illinois State Police and Christian County Coroner’s Office are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Sunday evening, February 7 at approximately 8:48 p.m. The crash involved a passenger vehicle and occurred near 2180 East, 350 North Road in Pana Township, approximately two miles west of Pana.


37 year-old Matthew D. Swisher of rural Pana was the driver of the vehicle. Swisher received serious injuries and was taken to Pana Community Hospital, but was then immediately transported to Memorial Hospital in Springfield by Pana Ambulance. A passenger, 43 year-old Kevin G. Thompson of Pana was deceased at the crash scene. Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans stated an autopsy will be conducted later today.


Swisher was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala four-door passenger car, heading westbound on 350 North, near 2180 East Road when he lost control of the vehicle heading north and went into a plowed field, rolling the vehicle several times. Both occupants were thrown from the vehicle and were not wearing their seat belts.


Swisher was issued traffic citations for DUI and improper lane usage. The investigation continues with further charges being anticipated by the Christian County State’s Attorney. The Pana Fire Department also assisted at the scene of the crash. 

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