Mount Zion PD

The Mount Zion Police Department was among agencies responding to a crash on Illinois 121 on Friday afternoon. A 32-year-old Decatur man was killed in the crash. 

DECATUR — The Macon County coroner's office on Saturday identified the man killed in a crash on Illinois 121 as Lawrence E. Taylor, 32 of Decatur. 

Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Friday afternoon in Mount Zion. He was the driver of a pickup truck that struck the side of a semi trailer at the highway's intersection with Spitler Park Plaza. 

In a statement, Macon County Coroner Michael Day said Taylor suffered massive head and internal chest/abdominal trauma. He had to be extricated by fire crews. 

A child was also in the pickup truck and was airlifted to an out-of-county hospital with what police described as life-threatening injuries. 

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State police said a preliminary investigation showed that Taylor's truck was traveling northbound on Illinois 121, while the semitruck driven by Zachary T. Jenkins, 19, of Decatur, was stopped at Spitler Park Plaza. The semi pulled out in front of the pickup truck while turning south onto the highway, and the truck struck the side of the semi.

Jenkins was taken by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation. He was cited with failure to yield.

Agencies assisting at the scene included state police, the Mount Zion police and fire departments, the Long Creek Fire Protection District, Decatur Ambulance Service and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. Illinois 121 was closed for several hours as officers worked the scene.

Routine toxicology results and an inquest are pending, Day said. The Illinois State Police is investigating the crash. 

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Contact Allison Petty at (217) 421-6986. Follow her on Twitter: @allison0512


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