Two fatally injured in accident on May 18

Jeffrey DuFrenne
Tina Niemeyer

Much of the local community was shocked to hear about the sudden loss of a local business owner and “pancake artist extraordinaire” due to an accident over the weekend.

The Illinois State Police reported that on Saturday, May 18, at 8:38 p.m., Lane P. Dillow, 19, of Red Bud, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck westbound on State Route 154. Just east of the intersection with Griggs Road, Dillow’s vehicle crossed the center line of the road and struck an oncoming 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle head on.

Both riders on the motorcycle were ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Randolph County Coroner Carlos Barbour identified the two victims as Jeffrey “Chopper” DuFrenne, 53, of Baldwin, and Tina M. Niemeyer, 54, of Baldwin.

Dillow was transported to a local hospital for treatment of what was labeled in the accident report as “non-incapacitating injuries.”

Both the Illinois State Police and Barbour stated that all of the vehicles involved in the accident were “heavily damaged.”

As of Monday afternoon, it was noted that the case was still under investigation by both the state police and the county coroner’s office, and that charges were pending investigation.

For DuFrenne and Niemeyer’s full obituaries, please see this week’s print edition.