Charges filed in fatal semi-truck accident

Orlando V. Luke

Orlando V. Luke

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Police Department announced today that charges have been filed against the driver of the semi truck that caused a fatal accident on Tuesday evening at Scott-Troy Road and Highway 50.

On Thursday, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney issued a charge of Reckless Homicide (Class 3 felony) against Orlando V. Luke, 47 years old of Augusta, Georgia, for his involvement in a fatal traffic crash on November 8, 2016.  Luke was the driver of a semi-truck which crashed into four vehicles in the 8600 block of East Highway 50.  The driver of one of the vehicles, 67-year-old Cheryl O. Culver from Summerfield, Illinois, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead on scene.

Bond has been set at $250,000 and Luke has been remanded to the St. Clair County Jail.

The incident continues to be investigated by the O’Fallon Police Department, Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Re-construction Team, and the Metro East Crash Assistance Team.

The O’Fallon Police Department graciously thanks all the witnesses and good Samaritans who assisted with the injured on scene and provided valuable information.