Mokena Teen Killed in Homer Township Crash

A Mokena teen was killed when he was ejected from a vehicle that rolled over Tuesday night.

A 16-year-old boy was killed Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Homer Township, the SouthtownStar is reporting.

Will County sheriff's police said Jay Vana was found partially underneath a pickup that had left the road and rolled over. Vana, who had been a passenger, was ejected from the vehicle, the paper reported.

He was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where he was pronounced dead.

Will County police were called at 8:38 p.m. to Lauffer and Haas roads. Upon arrival, a 16-year-old male from Lockport was found yelling for help.

Initial investigation from Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division reported that it appears the truck attempted to turn south onto Haas Road and lost control.

The driver was also transported to Silver Cross with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said there was no indication drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. The driver told police a deer came out of the field and he lost control when he swerved to avoid it.

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lala September 27, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Terrible. Condolences to the Vana family.
Bob Dodge September 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Condolences to the Vana Family, I am Jay's High School bus driver He was a good kid and will be missed.
karen September 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I was Jay, Amy, and Matt's Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher. It was such a joy having the 3 in my classroom! It's heartbreaking hearing about this tragedy. He was a very fun and bright child. Karen-formerly Miss Hormanski


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