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Police ID Highland man killed in head-on crash north of Lebanon

Police ID Highland man killed in head-on crash north of Lebanon


ST. CLAIR COUNTY • A man from Highland was killed Tuesday night in a head-on crash just north of Lebanon in St. Clair County, the Illinois State Police said.

The incident happened at about 9:45 p.m. on Route 4 near Emerald Mound Road.

The Illinois State Police identified the victim as Marc J. Leitensdorfer, 23.

Police say he was driving south in a 2013 Ford Festiva. His car crossed the center double line and hit an oncoming pickup truck head-on, police say.

The pickup truck he hit was a 2002 Ford F-350 driven by a 56-year-old man. The pickup's driver went onto the shoulder to try to avoid being struck but couldn't get out of the way, police say.

Leitensdorfer was thrown from his car and died at the scene.

The man in the pickup was seriously injured and taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital. His passenger, a 42-year-old man, was also seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

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