UPDATE: Two JWCC baseball players killed in crash near campus on 48th Street

Edrick Rivera, left, and Rilleyson Ignacio
Posted: Oct. 1, 2015 12:51 am Updated: Oct. 15, 2015 1:02 am

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QUINCY — Two John Wood Community College students died Wednesday night as the result of injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle crash just north of the school’s campus on South 48th Street.

Adams County Coroner James Keller said Edrick Rivera, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:55 p.m., and Rilleyson Ignacio, of Willemstad, Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean island, died at 9:50 p.m. in the Blessing Hospital Emergency room. Both were 20 years old and were members of the JWCC baseball team.

Two other JWCC baseball players also were hurt in the crash, according to an email JWCC President Mike Elbe sent early Thursday morning to the college community. In a separate email later Thursday, Elbe identified the injured players as Chandlor Rivera, a sophomore pitcher from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, and Vaughn Taylor, a sophomore outfielder from East Elmhurst, N.Y. Chandlor Rivera and Taylor were listed in fair condition at Blessing Hospital at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The crash happened at 9:06 p.m. near the intersection of 48th and Covington Lane near Willow Creek subdivision. Sgt. Randy Wheeler with the Quincy Police Department said five people were taken to Blessing Hospital. Wheeler said six people were involved, two in one car and four in another vehicle that had left the road and rolled onto its side near a berm just south of 48th and Covington Lane.


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The Quincy Police Department reported early Thursday morning that a southbound white Subaru Impreza compact car with the four JWCC students inside collided with a northbound black Cadillac CTS luxury vehicle with two Quincy male juveniles inside. Edrick Rivera was the driver and Ignacio was in the backseat on the driver’s side of the car, Keller said.

Quincy Police Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden reports a witness to the crash told police the Subaru may not have had its headlights on and was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Car parts were strewn across 48th Street and into yards near the scene. Wheeler said the “jaws of life” were used to help extract people from the car that had come to rest on the berm.

Police have not released the names of the juveniles in the Cadillac.

A portion of 48th from State to near the JWCC entrance was closed until 6 a.m. Thursday so a reconstruction expert with the Illinois State Police could survey the scene. 

Elbe said JWCC baseball coach Greg Wathen met with his players after the crash. Elbe said Brad Hoyt, JWCC’s athletic director and men’s basketball coach, also had been in contact with other student-athletes. Elbe said the college would provide grief counseling.

Ignacio and Edrick Rivera were both sophomores with the JWCC baseball program. Ignacio, listed as a second baseman, was a starter as a freshman in the spring. He hit .371 with two home runs and 28 runs batted in. Rivera served as a reserve shortstop and outfielder in his first season with the Trail Blazers, hitting .200 in 29 games.

The Quincy Fire Department, Illinois State Police and Adams County EMS assisted at the scene.

This was the second fatal crash in September in Adams County. Early in the morning of Sept. 6, two Quincy men died in a one-vehicle crash in the 3100 block of Gardner Expressway just south of Quincy. Dayton Otto, 22, and Evan Holbrook, 25, died at the scene. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story indicated one of the drivers was ticketed in the wreck. The Quincy Police Department is still investigating the crash. No tickets have been issued.