August 29, 2013
Fatal Traffic Crash
On August 28th, 2013 Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police investigated a single vehicle accident in Middleport Touwnship. According to the report, Sky E. Abrassart, 17 Watseka, was traveling Northbound on Co. rd. 2100 E. near interesection of Co. Rd 2200 N. Abrassart stated just before the intersection, a deer entered the roadway and he swered to miss it. His vehicle slid sideways across the intersection of 2200N 2100E where it began to roll onto the driver’s side. As the vehicle began to roll, the roof of the vehicle struck a tree, collapsing the roof onto Abrassarts passenger, Justin M. Hawbaker, 33 Watseka. Hawbaker was extracted from the vehicle by Martinton fire personnel and pronounced dead at the scene by Iroquois County Coroner, Bill Cheatum. Abrassart was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital by IMH EMS for treatment but later released. Abrassart was issued a citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Departments responding to the scene included the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department, Martinton Fire, Iroquois Memorial Hospital EMS and Iroquois County Coroner.