Cassandra Payne Killed in Car Crash on Shiloh Road East of Coben

Cassandra Payne Killed in Car Crash on Shiloh Road East of Coben


The Gazette-Democrat is reporting that three people are dead in a single vehicle accident that happened Wednesday morning in rural Union County. Another individual was injured.

The Illinois State Police say the accident occurred at 2375 Shiloh Road, east of Coben.

Killed was Herrin resident Cassandra Payne, 28, the driver of the vehicle. Also dead is Belleville resident Derrell Smith, 28, and an unidentified female victim, a toddler of 1 1/2 years. The other passenger was not identified. That person was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

The ISP say the car Payne was driving ran off the road, across a ditch, and then on to strike a tree.

We will have more information on this as it becomes available.

All of us at Illinois Accident Report are deeply saddened by the loss of people so young and by the injuries suffered by the other victim. Nothing can console the friends and family impacted by such a devastating loss. Our thoughts and condolences are with all those involved.

We at Illinois Accident Report write these blogs to raise safety awareness and provide the community with accident data. Our hope, too, is that they also inform and educate friends and family of the victim that they might have grounds to file a wrongful death claim against a negligent party.

When claiming compensation against the party at fault for the wrongful death of a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses of the deceased if they were hospitalized prior to succumbing to fatal injuries, lost earnings (which could include the prospective life span of the deceased), funeral and burial expenses, loss of support and consortium, emotional and psychological pain and suffering and other non-economic losses.

With decades of experience, let us handle everything related to your wrongful death case during this time of mourning. Call 1-888-760-5668 for a free consultation with an experienced Illinois wrongful death lawyer.