Rock Thrown from Overpass Kills Local Mother

Emily Sawyer has died after a rock was thrown from an overpass broke through her windshield and struck her in the head. It is speculated that the rock was thrown by a group of young men.

Sawyer, 43, was driving her mother Celine Taylor, 86, to church services in Danville when the football-sized piece of granite hit her car. The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer then swerved into the protective railing on the side of Interstate 74. Sawyer was pronounced Dead on Arrival at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

This incident is eerily similar to that of Samuel Howe, who was killed last year when a gas can was dropped off the Windsor Road overpass above I-57.

Sawyer’s two sisters, Donna Taylor and Felicity Shrove, called for action to be taken to prevent similar killings in the future.

“This was a senseless tragedy,” the sisters said in a joint statement. “It could have been any one of us or any of our kids. We hope that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”

Police are still actively searching for the young men responsible. If you or anyone you know has any information about the accident, the Champaign County Crimestoppers are asking for people to call them at (217) 373-8477.


For the second time this year, debris thrown from an interstate overpass has killed a motorist.

Emily Sawyer, 43, has been pronounced Dead on Arrival at the Carle Foundation Hospital after a granite rock was thrown through her windshield on I-74. Champaign Police are actively searching for who is responsible. Those with information are urged to contact the Champaign County Crimestoppers at (217) 373-8477

Local Mother Killed by Rock Thrown from Overpass

An object thrown from an overpass has killed a motorist for the second time in a year. Emily Sawyer died after an estimated 10-pound piece of granite crashed through her windshield. The 43-year-old mother of three was struck in the head by the rock while driving on I-74 Saturday.

Police received reports of  young males throwing rocks off an overpass around the time of the incident.  After Sawyer was stuck in the head, her car continued until it finally crashed into a protective railing. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

A similar accident killed Urbana lawyer Samuel T. Howe last year. A can of gasoline dropped from an overpass on Windsor Road onto I-57 caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

Sawyer was pronounced DOA at Carle Foundation Hospital. Sawyer’s mother, Celine Taylor, was treated for a broken arm and bruising following the accident. Sawyer had been driving Taylor to church in Danville, as she had every Saturday since the death of her father four years ago.

Taylor’s sisters, Felicity Shrove and Donna Taylor, spoke in a joint statement Saturday and called for fences to be erected on all overpasses.

“This was a senseless tragedy. Emily was a wonderful mother and caring daughter. Who would do this to a perfect stranger, just for kicks? It could have been any one of us or any of our kids. We hope that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”

Police are urging anyone with information about the accident to call Champaign County Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.

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Police are seeking more information about an incident that killed a Champaign mother. Emily Sawyer died Saturday after being stuck by an estimated 10-pound granite slab that fell from an overpass onto I-74. Young males were reportedly throwing debris from an overpass onto the freeway around the same time. This is the second such incident in the past year.

In the second such incident this year, a Champaign mother died after being struck by a 10-pound granite rock that fell from an overpass. According to police, young males were seen throwing debris from an overpass before the incident.

Woman killed by “senseless” rock-throwing onto freeway

Emily Sawyer, 43, was pronounced dead after a rock broke through the front windshield and split open her head. The accident is speculated to have been caused by young males throwing debris onto Interstate 74.

Sawyer was driving her mother, Celine Taylor, 86, to church in Danville, IL when a rock the size of a football crashed through the glass.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer crashed into protective railing on I-74. The rock — a piece of granite weighing 10 pounds — was found in the back seat.

Sawyer and Taylor were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital where Sawyer was pronounced dead on arrival and Taylor’s broken arm and bruises were treated.

Police were informed that young males were throwing rocks from the Prospect Avenue overpass onto the freeway around 8 a.m., the time of the accident.

A similar accident last year, when a can of gasoline was dropped onto I-57 from an overpass on Windsor Road, killed Urbana lawyer Samuel T. Howe.

Sawyer’s sisters Felicity Shrove and Donna Taylor said that they wanted measures to be taken to prevent accidents like these from happening in the future. Sawyer’s relatives stated at a news conference held at the hospital that fences should be built on overpasses in the area.

“This was a senseless tragedy,” the sisters said in an issued statement. “Emily was a wonderful mother and caring daughter. Who would do this to a perfect stranger, just for kicks? It could have been any one of us or any of our kids.”

Anyone with more information about the accident can call Champaign County Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.


Police received reports about the possible cause of the “accident” that killed a mother of three on I-74. Young males were seen throwing debris from an overpass onto the freeway around the time of the incident.

For the second time this year, falling objects from overpasses — such as granite or a can of gasoline — have killed motorists on the freeway.

Mother of 3 Dead in Freak Accident

A  mother of three has died after a 10 pound piece of granite dropped from an overpass crashed through her windshield, the second death of its kind in a year.

Emily Sawyer, 43, is dead after a 10-pound piece of granite crashed through her windshield striking her in the head. Sawyer, an administrative aide,  was driving her 86-year-old mother, Celine Taylor, to church as she did every Saturday since Sawyer’s father had died.

Sawyer was pronounced DOA when she arrived at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Last year Samuel T. Howe, a prominent local lawyer, was also killed when a gas can was dropped off an overpass overlooking Interstate 57.

Sawyer’s two sisters, Felicity Shrove and Donna Taylor,  called for fences to be erected to protect the overpass from further incidents.

“This was a senseless tragedy… It could have been any one of us or any of our kids. We hope that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else,” They said in a joint statement.

Police are looking for a group of young males they believe threw the granite off the overpass, after having received reports that support the theory.

Anyone with information about the accident can call Champaign County Crimestoppers at (217) 373-TIPS.

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Police are still searching for those responsible after a ten-pound piece of granite fell from an overpass and killed a mother of three. This is the second such incident this year.

Emily Sawyer was driving her 86-year-old mother to church Saturday when the granite fell through her windshield.

Police believe that a report of young males throwing items from the overpass may be related to the case, and anyone with information is encouraged to come forth.

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For the second time this year, a motorist has died from items thrown from an overpass.

Emily Sawyer was pronounced dead after a football-sized piece of granite crashed through her windshield and struck her head. Earlier this year prominent Urbana lawyer, Samuel T. Howe, also died from a gas can thrown from an overpass.

Emily’s sisters have issued a joint statement calling for fences to be erected to protect future motorists from this danger.

Find out more by reading the full story on our website.

‘Senseless Tragedy’ Reminiscent of Prior Incident

For the second time in little over a year, a motorist has been struck and killed from debris dropped from an overpass onto oncoming traffic.

Emily Sawyer was pronounced dead on arrival after suffering head injuries from a granite slab that crashed through her front windshield.

Sawyer, 43, was driving her mother to church on interstate 74 near the Prospect Avenue overpass when the slab crashed through her windshield and fractured her skull.

The impact caused Sawyer to lose control of the vehicle and crash into the median railing. Sawyer’s mother was treated for a broken arm but is in stable condition.

Police reports identified a group of young males throwing debris from the Prospect Avenue overpass onto the interstate near the time of the crash, however the granite’s origin is still under investigation.

The accident is evocative of an incident where Samuel T. Howe was killed from a can of gasoline thrown off a Windsor Road overpass onto I-57 that crashed through his windshield.

The accident sparked pleas from Sawyer’s relatives to erect fences on overpasses throughout the area.

“This was a senseless tragedy,” said Sawyer’s two sisters in an issued statement, “it could have been any one of us or any of our kids. We hope that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”


Police are investigating the cause of a motorist death on I-74 this morning. 43 year-old Emily Sawyer was pronounced dead after a granite slab crashed through her windshield. Reports of young males throwing debris onto I-74 near the time of the crash are being investigated, however anyone with further information can contact (217) 373-TIPS.

A Champaign-Urbana motorist has been struck and killed by foreign debris for the second time in little over a year. 43 year old Champaign native Emily Sawyer was pronounced dead this morning after debris later identified to be a granite slab crashed through her windshield. Urbana native Samuel T. Howe was killed in a similar incident where a can of gasoline was thrown through his window.

Second motorist dead after hit with object thrown from overpass

A second motorist has died from debris dropped from an overpass. This time the victim was a Champaign mother, who died after a piece of granite fell from an overpass and broke through her windshield.
Emily Sawyer, 43, was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital and pronounced dead after suffering head trauma from the football-sized piece of granite. Police estimated the piece of granite weighed 10 pounds.

 

Sawyer had been carrying on a tradition since the death of her father, driving her mother, Celine Taylor, to church. They were driving down Interstate 74 when the granite was tossed from the Prospect Avenue overpass. After the accident, Taylor was treated for a broken arm and multiple bruises.

Last year a similar incident killed Urbana lawyer, Samuel T. Howe. A can of gasoline had been dropped from an overpass on Windsor Road onto I-57 where he was driving. Howe had been driving alone and was killed in the accident.

At the hospital, Sawyer’s sisters, Felicity Shrove and Donna Taylor, expressed their concern, “Who would do this to a perfect stranger, just for kicks? It could have been any one of us or any of our kids. We hope that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”

Police are unaware of who is responsible for throwing the granite; however, they received calls just prior to the incident citing young males tossing debris onto the Interstate from an overpass. They are asking for anyone with information about the accident to call the Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-TIPS

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1)For the second time in a year a motorist was killed by debris dropped from an overpass. On Saturday morning Emily Sawyer died when a 10-pound piece of granite crashed through her windshield. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Champaign County Crimestoppers at (217) 373-TIPS

2) Police are searching for information on the cause of an accident Saturday morning resulting in the death of a Champaign mother. Emily Sawyer was killed when a 10-pound piece of granite dropped off of an overpass and crashed through her windshield. This is the second time in a year a motorist has been killed by debris coming from an overpass.

 

 

Mother dies after granite is dropped from an overpass

For the second time in the past year, a driver has been killed by an object dropped from an overpass. The first incident occurred when an Urbana lawyer was killed from a can of gasoline that fell from an overpass on Interstate 57.

Emily Sawyer, a 43-year-old mother of three has died after being struck by a piece of granite while driving. Sawyer was taking her mother to church services Saturday morning when the 10-pound piece granite fell from an overpass and broke through her windshield, splitting her head open. The car continued to crash into a protective railing on I-74, where several motorists stopped to help.

Sawyer was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital and pronounced DOA. Her mother suffered a broken arm and multiple bruises.

Sawyers sisters, Felicity Shrove and Donna Taylor issued a statement at the hospital saying that they “hope that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”

Just before the accident, police received a cell-phone report that a group of young males were spotted throwing debris off of the Prospect Avenue overpass onto I-74.

Anyone with further information about the accident can call Champaign County Crimestoppers at (217) 373-TIPS.

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Police are seeking information after a woman died from a piece of granite falling from an overpass. Just before the accident, a group of young males were reported throwing debris off of that same overpass onto I-74. Anyone with further information about the accident can call Champaign County Crimestoppers at (217) 373-TIPS.

 

Three children are now left without a mother after a piece of granite that was dropped from an overpass crashed through her windshield, killing her instantly. Emily Sawyer, 43, was on her way to church with her mother when a 10-pound piece of granite fell right through her windshield, splitting her head open.