On Saturday, October 15 at 6:17 P.M., 911 received a call that a vehicle had struck a tree near 778 North 1250 East Rd. The witness stated the vehicle was traveling North on County 1 when it left the roadway, drove through the ditch, striking a barb wire fence and then struck a tree. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R. where he was pronounced dead at 7:17 P.M.
Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans identified the male driver as 18 year old, Artimus Kendrick Hutson of Pana. Preliminary results indicate that he died as a result of blunt force trauma due to injuries sustained in the crash. Toxicology results are pending.
The Christian County Sheriff Office and Christian County Coroner's office are handling the investigation. Agencies assisting at the scene included the Owaneco Fire Department, Taylorville Fire Department, Sutton Ambulance, Dunn's Ambulance, and Taylorville Police Department.