DECATUR — The same 29-year-old Decatur man has been cited for failure to yield at an intersection in two crashes on U.S. 51 that have killed three people since September, court documents show.
Andrew J. Johnson was driving a grain semitrailer truck that struck the vehicle of Tony and Karen Hable, both 57 and of Clinton, on Saturday in DeWitt County.
Johnson also was driving a pickup truck in a Sept. 4 crash in Macon in Macon County that killed 80-year-old Phil Jacobs of Decatur. His wife, Norma Jean Jacobs, was injured.
Phil Jacobs, who was a former writer and photographer for the Herald & Review newspaper in Decatur, died Sept. 12 as the result of injuries he suffered in the crash.
In both instances, police said, Johnson was attempting to cross the highway and struck the other vehicles.
Johnson’s attorney, Greg Fombelle, did not return a call seeking comment Thursday afternoon. No one answered the door at the residence listed for Johnson in court documents.
In the crash near Macon, police said Johnson told deputies he was stopped on West Andrews Street Road, then tried to continue west through the intersection. His pickup truck collided with Jacobs’ southbound car.
Johnson was convicted Sept. 28 of failure to yield and paid $413 in fines and court costs, according to court records. Last month, members of the Jacobs family filed a lawsuit seeking damages, alleging that Johnson was negligent.
The Herald & Review has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department seeking the accident report.
The DeWitt County crash occurred just after 5 p.m. Saturday. DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice said the Hables' car was traveling north on U.S. 51 when it collided with a semi loaded with grain heading west on Autumn Road (County Road 960 North).
The Hables were pronounced dead at the scene at 5:58 p.m.
Johnson, the driver of the semi, was not hurt, Rice said.
In that case, Johnson was cited for failure to obey a stop sign and failure to wear a seatbelt. He is set to appear in court on Dec. 13.