Family of three killed in Monroe Co. traffic accident

9:50 PM, Jul 22, 2012   |    comments
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(KSDK) - Authorities have identified three family members who were killed in a traffic accident on Route 3 in Monroe County, IL. The accident happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

Steven Brickeen Jr., 29, Tiffaine Brickeen, 29, and Mary Jane Brickeen, 4, all of Evansville, IL were killed in the accident.  Steven and Tiffaine Brickeen were the parents of the Mary Jane Brickeen.

Illinois State Police say Steven Brickeen Jr. was driving a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Illinois Route 3.  Brickeen's vehicle crossed the center line just south of Crook Rd. and struck a northbound Ford Econoline van head-on.

Steven Brickeen Jr. and his daughter, Mary Jane, died at the scene of the accident.  Tiffaine Brickeen died shortly after the accident at a local hospital.

The driver and passenger in the van were transported to local hospitals with injuries.  They are expected to recover.

All five people involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts. Mary Jane Brickeen was restrained in a car booster seat. 

Police do know why Brickeen's vehicle crossed into northbound lanes.




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