Urbana resident faces several charges after a personal injury crash occurred the evening of Thursday, December 15th at 4:50 PM on Interstate 74, westbound, at mile post 165.5.
According to a press release from Illinois State Police District 10, preliminary details indicate James Parks of Urbana, IL (unit 1) was traveling westbound beside Marcos Jose Flores De Los Santos of Charlotte, NC (unit 2) when unit 1 reached down to pick something off the floor. That caused unit 1 to swerve from the passing lane into the driving lane where he then rear ended the semi-trailer Unit 2 was hauling. After the impact unit 1 then traveled back through the left lane and came to a rest partially in the center median.
The driver of unit 1 was transported to the nearest hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and failure to wear a seatbelt.