1 dead, 1 critical in rollover crash on I-72


CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – State police say one person died after a rollover crash on Tuesday evening. 

According to Illinois State Police, just before 4 p.m. a silver 2005 Scion slammed into an eastbound guardrail at the Rising Road Overpass on Interstate 72, then moved through the center median and westbound lanes before hitting the westbound guardrail. The car rolled at that point, partially ejecting a 17-year-old female driver and fully ejecting a 20-year-old male passenger.

Troopers say the teen driver died from her injuries in hospital care. They say the passenger is still in critical condition.

Monticello High School confirmed that Tori Lanter was the victim in the crash. They released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon. 

"Tori Lanter was a senior at Monticello High School. We are saddened by the tragedy of her passing. MHS Principal Adam Clapp met with the high school faculty and staff this morning and then addressed the entire student body before first hour. We have counselors available for our students, faculty, and staff today and tomorrow at Monticello High School.  We appreciate the love and support from surrounding school districts during this difficult time.  Please keep Tori's family and the Monticello High School family in your thoughts and prayers as we grieve this loss together." 

ISP said they believe the Lanter and the passenger were not wearing seatbelts. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

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