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Arrest Made In Deadly Crash In Christian County

The Illinois State Police have released an update on a vehicle crash that happened on Thursday evening that took the lives of two Taylorville individuals. 19-year-old Haley A. Shoot was driving a 2009 Red Ford Focus on Illinois Route 48 near E 1550 North Road when 46-year-old Robert M. Hodson tried to pass a vehicle in his 2018 Silver Jeep Wrangler. He hit Shoot head-on. 


Shoot was pronounced dead on the scene along with a male passenger, 20-year-old Zaydin J. Dudra of Taylorville. 19-year-old Jade A. Thomas of Lafeyette, Indiana was also in Shoot’s vehicle and has been transported by ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Hodson was transported to an area hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. 


On Friday afternoon around 1 PM, Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 4 and District 9, arrested Hodson after he was discharged from an area hospital. Hodson was charged with aggravated driving under the influence involving death which is a Class 2 felony. The penalty for this offense carries a term of imprisonment of not less than 6 years, but not more than 28 years as it involved the death of more than one person.


Hodson was transported and lodged in the Christian County Jail. Bond was set at $200,000 with 10% to apply. Hodson is expected to make his first appearance on Monday. Hodson was a Capital Police Investigator. Hodson is currently off work, without pay. Secretary of State Jesse White issued a statement saying, "this is a horrific tragedy and I am grieving for the victims and their families. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.”


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