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One Killed in Christmas Eve Accident

On 12/24/2023 around 3:51 PM, the Mascoutah Police Department was dispatched to Illinois State Route 4 at Fuesser Road in reference to a two-vehicle head on collision.  MPD officers arrived along with officers from the Lebanon Police Department and St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.  Through investigating the crash scene and talking with multiple witnesses, it was determined the n/b vehicle on Rt. 4 swerved into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a vehicle traveling s/b on Rt. 4.

The n/b vehicle was driven by a Mascoutah area male subject in his early 20’s.  The s/b vehicle was occupied by three female subjects, not from the area, who were over 50 years old.  All four subjects involved in the collision were transported to area hospitals by Mascoutah EMS and New Baden EMS.  One of the female subjects passed away a short time after the accident from injuries sustained in the collision.

The Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit was contacted to assist with the investigation.  The investigation is ongoing.


  1. Anonymous on January 5, 2024 at 1:36 am

    One of the females currently resides in Mequon, WI. Recently retired from local Milwaukee TV News station.

  2. Anonymous on January 3, 2024 at 11:16 pm

    Can anyone share the cause of the accident? Would lights there had prevented this? What was the name of the driver who crossed the three lanes, was he charged with anything?

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2024 at 8:09 am

      I heard that the driver of the swerving car was drunk. If so why are there no charges?

  3. Anonymous on January 2, 2024 at 9:17 am

    RIP for the lady that passed away. On Christmas Eve is heartbreaking, so sorry to hear about this accident.
    Why can’t we get lights at that intersection? My car was totaled by a driver that rear ended me, it’s dangerous. Put up stop lights!

    • Anonymous on January 4, 2024 at 11:01 pm

      She was the sister of a news anchor here in the state of Wisconsin that just retired.

  4. Anonymous on December 29, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    So heartbreaking. Pamela was a brilliant woman and made such an impact in her work at the Chicago Housing Authority. Praying for Pamela’s friends and family during this difficult time.

  5. Anonymous on December 29, 2023 at 9:54 am

    Please identify the driver that swerved into the 3 female subjects.

  6. Anonymous on December 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    Pamela Meekins was a Harvard-educated attorney and a sweet, vastly talented, beautiful woman, RAISED IN and from Miscoutah. 10 minutes online could prevent dispersing misinfornation.

  7. Anonymous on December 28, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    The three female subjects are from the area

  8. Anonymous on December 28, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    The article is incorrect, please correct it “the three female subjects, not from the area” is 100% incorrect. All 3 passengers where born and raised in Mascoutah and there father , retired major in usaf ! He has been a resident of mascoutah for decades . the Honda in picture is his car. Please correct the information. They are from this area .

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