On October 26, 2017 at approximately 9:31 p.m. on IL 130 1/4 mile south of Newton, a two vehicle accident occurred involving Unit #1, a blue 1995 Chevrolet van, driver Thane J. Griffith, 28, of Newton and Unit #2, a silver 2016 Toyata, driver Gertrude G. Murphy, 60, of Newton.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Unit 1 was traveling north on IL 130 approaching some bridge construction 1/4 mile south of Newton. Unit 2 was stopped for a red light at the construction when Unit 1 failed to stop and rear ended Unit 2.

Unit #1 was charged with Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident; DUI; Driving on a Revoked Driver's License; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.

Unit #1 driver, Thane Griffith, was transported to Richland Memorial Hospital.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.