Driver sentenced in fatal crash

By Amanda Porterfield | aporterfield@wcia.com, Gary Brode | gbrode@wcia.com

Published 01/18 2014 08:06PM

Updated 02/27 2015 11:10AM

Update: 10:05 pm, 2/26/15, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The driver in a crash which killed a Catlin mother has been sentenced. Bidemi Ajobiewe will spend six years behind bars. The crash happened last year on I-74. Ajobiewe lost control of his truck on the ice.

The van Kristy Etchison was riding in, clipped the back of the truck and the van went into a ditch. She died at the scene. Etchison's family says the driver apologized to them in court Thursday. He'll be deported back to Nigeria after serving time.
Original: 8:06 pm, 1/18/14, Saturday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A three-car accident on I-74 East claimed the life of one woman. Kristy Etchison, of Catlin, was a passenger in a car. A large truck traveling west crossed the median into the eastbound lane. The truck hit the vehicle Etchison was traveling in.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 33. The crash is under investigation. Illinois State Police issued a travel advisory for all of District 10. They say Champaign County roads are the most treacherous.

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