Teen driver pronounced dead after vehicle lands upside-down in Carroll County crash

LANARK, Illinois -- A 16-year-old driver from Forreston, Illinois was pronounced dead after a caller reported a single-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 73 in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 13.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said the crash was reported to 911 around 12:40 a.m. on Monday.  the driver of the vehicle involved was identified as Drew Crase, 16. The crash site was on IL Rte. 73, just a half-mile north of the junction with IL Rte. 72.

Crase's vehicle had been headed southbound on IL Rte. 73 when it went off the east side of the road, according to the sheriff's statement.  That's when the vehicle went into a ditch, hit a driveway culvert, became airborne and then landed upside-down in a pond.

Crase  was pronounced dead at the scene by the Carroll County coroner, the statement said.   There was nobody else in the vehicle.