Vermillion man dies in car accident Sunday

One Vermillion man is dead and another injured after car accident this past weekend.

Not long after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, police responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident at the

Emergency and law enforcement personnel investigate the scene of a fatal traffic accident at the intersection of Chestnut and South University streets in Vermillion Sunday afternoon.

(Photo by David Lias)

intersection of Chestnut and South University streets. The vehicle was headed eastbound on Chestnut when the driver lost control and it rolled into the front yard of a residence.

The driver, Douglas Richardson, 32, died in the crash. His passenger, Gary Ansell, 23, was transported to Sanford Vermillion Hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.

Weve determined at this point in the investigation that speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, said Interim Chief of Police Chad Passick. To what extent (with) the alcohol, we wont necessarily know until we get test results back.

Although authorities do not yet know how fast the men were driving, Passick said it is safe to say at this point that they were traveling markedly in excess of the speed limit.

At press time, Passick said the investigation would be completed in the next couple of days.

Weve got an accident reconstructionist in the department that is taking a look at (the speed), to try and determine as closely as they can what the speed was. The substance tests, chemical testing sometimes takes maybe a week or better before we get results back in those, he said.

Passick added that the intersection at which the incident occurred is no stranger to accidents, despite the lowering of the speed limit to 25 miles per hour.

It has been an area where we have seen a fair amount of crashes over the years, just because of its location with the hill and the intersection, he said.

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