Car crash claims life of student

By Daron Walker

A fatal accident Sunday morning at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Annie Glidden Road injured three NIU students, one of whom later died at St. Anthonys Hospital in Rockford.

Ann Smith, driver of one of the cars, and Eric Johnson, a passenger, were treated for head injuries and released from Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Christine Billmyer, 21, another passenger in the car and employee of Otto’s, 118 E. Lincoln Hwy., was taken to Kish Hospital and then flown to St. Anthonys Hospital, Rockford, by helicopter, a fellow employee at Otto’s said. Billmyer died at St. Anthonys at 5 a.m.

Smith also is an employee at Otto’s.

DeKalb Police took one man into custody, according to persons at the scene.

DeKalb Police stated Sunday evening that Demetrius Glenn, 20, of DeKalb was arrested Sunday morning and charged with reckless homicide, driving under the influence, driving on revocation, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

DeKalb Fire Department reports said Joseph Whitney also was transported to Kish Hospital. Information on how Whitney was injured could not be obtained.

The accident allegedly occurred when Smith’s car, while stopped on Lincoln just east of Annie Glidden, was struck from behind by another vehicle driven by Glenn, and knocked across the intersection.

Smith’s car, a Honda CRX, was found on the west side of the intersection.

Police stated the accident occurred about 2:30 a.m.

Johnson said the three had just come from Otto’s and were stopped at the red light when something hit them from behind. He said he had no idea what happened after the collision except that somehow he got out of the car.

Bystanders said the other car, after striking Smith’s car, was found across the intersection at Hardee’s Restaurant, 1101 W. Lincoln Hwy.

DeKalb Police and the DeKalb County States Attorney’s office are currently investigating the case, police said.