GURNEE, Ill. — Illinois State Police have confirmed two children were ejected from a car following an accident Saturday morning at I-94 near Gurnee, Ill. One of those children has died.
A family friend identified the fatal victim as Reeve Matthew, 10. His cousin, 11-year-old Blessen Zachariah, is in serious condition.
The family was on a church outing, heading to Holy Hill church in Wisconsin. Police say a Lincoln Navigator hit a wall at 9:35am on I-94 northbound near mile post 12 in Gurnee. Upon impact the two children were ejected from the rear window of the car and onto the shoulder.
The car then crossed all lanes of traffic stopping on the right shoulder. There were a total of seven people inside the car.
The other five injuries were non-life threatening. The accident is still under investigation.
All I-94 northbound lanes near Gurnee were closed due to the accident, but later reopened.
According to the Illinois State Police, none of the children were wearing seat belts. The driver, Silvia Jacob, was cited for improper lane usage and child restraint violations.
Jacob is Reeve’s aunt.