UPDATED: Carthage man charged with DUI after passenger dies in off-road vehicle crash
HANCOCK COUNTY, Illinois– A Carthage man was charged with a felony DUI after a woman passenger died in an off-road vehicle crash Sunday night.
Jared Buchanan, 23, is accused of being under the influence of alcohol while driving two other passengers in a 2016 CanAm UTV Side by Side southbound on 1300 East just south of 1500 North in Hancock County, according to a press release from Illinois State Police.
Buchanan drove off of 1300 East into a field just before and rolled the UTV when he tried to turn just before 6 p.m. on August 25, the statement said. Emily Flora-Hawkins, 18, from Quincy, was thrown from the off-road vehicle and the UTV landed on top of her, according to the statement.
An ambulance took Flora-Hawkins to a hospital in Carthage, Illinois where she was pronounced dead.
The second passenger, an 18-year-old woman, was airlifted to a hospital in Quincy, Illinois.
An ambulance took Buchanan to a hospital in Carthage.
No seatbelts were worn in the UTV, the statement said.