5th victim from crash dies

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 07/22 2014 08:21AM

Updated 08/14 2014 11:12AM

Latest: 2:09 pm, 8/7/14, Thursday
ILLINOIS -- An Urbana man has died after a horrific crash last month. Timothy Osburn passed away Wednesday night. He'd been in a come since the crash on Interstate 55.

The accident killed his wife, Kimberly and their young daughter, Piper. A semi-driver rear-ended three cars, including the Osburn's. Two other women were also killed in the crash. The driver is being held on $1 million bond.
Latest: 5:43 pm, 7/22/14, Tuesday
URBANA -- Grief is what people are feeling after learning an area woman and her daughter were killed in an accident outside Chicago. It happened on I-55, near Joliet, Monday. Kimberly Britton and her daughter, Piper, were killed. Police believe Francisco Espinal-Quiroz was driving 15 miles per hour over the speed limit and rear-ended them. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has more.

People are struggling with the tragedy. Four people died in the accident. Looking at the scene from high above, you can see the devastation.

"Our experiences with them, they were just really nice, nice, nice people."

Herschel Graham saw sheriff's deputies at his neighbor's house.

"I was just hoping it wouldn't be anything. I didn't give it any thought."

But word quickly began to spread. Kimberly Britton and her 11-year old daughter, Piper, died in the accident.

"I seen it on TV, but I didn't dream it would be our neighbor and I'm really sorry to hear that."

Graham says things won't be the same without them. Kimberly Britton worked at the University of Illinois. Gloria Keeley hired her.

"She loved what she did. She enjoyed supporting her colleagues. She enjoyed supporting customers. It was just nothing that would get Kim down. She was just up for everything."

Her coworkers supported her as well.

"We helped her with her pregnancy with Piper. That was a little bit difficult and I was very pleased that our staff kind of rallied around, took meals to them when she was at home with her and when Piper arrived. She was absolutely delighted. She was a devoted mother and had a great relationship with Piper."

The loss is great for those who knew the family, but Keeley says she will always remember her positive spirit.

"I think the thing that we will miss the most about Kim is that she was vivacious in the real sense of the word. She was filled with life. She brought joy to everyone she interacted with."

One of Britton's coworkers opened her home to Britton's family members who are flying into town.
Update: 4:21 pm, 7/22/14, Tuesday
URBANA -- Four people were killed in an accident. Two are from Urbana and neighbors are stunned at the news.

Police say a semi-truck rear-ended one car and caused a chain reaction. It happened on I-55, near Joliet, Monday.

Police say Francisco Espinal-Quiroz was driving the truck and speeding. He's accused of speeding and falsifying log books. Police say he was going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction zone.

He was headed toward stopped cars and switched lanes, but didn't stop. Investigators believe he lied about what time he started driving and spent twelve hours on the road before the crash.

Kimberly Britton and her daughter, Piper, were killed. Neighbors saw the sheriff's deputies at the family's house, but thought nothing of it. They're sad to hear what happened.

Two other women were also killed in the crash. Police say there's no evidence the driver tried to brake before the crash, but they can't confirm if he fell asleep at the wheel.

Court records show the driver had more than ten traffic citations since 1991, including three speeding tickets.
Original: 8:21 am, 7/22/14, Tuesday
WILL COUNTY -- An Urbana mother and her child were killed in a car crash along with two other people on I-55 Monday afternoon. State Police say a truck driver was speeding in a construction zone and quickly changed lanes.

They say three cars were stopped in traffic when the semi hit the cars causing a chain reaction. It crushed two cars and a van, killing four people. 43-year old Kimberly Britton and 11-year old Piper Britton were among the fatalities.

The driver of the truck has been charged with keeping a false log book and willfully entering false information. He has also been cited for failure to reduce speed.

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