Illinois wrestler killed in interstate hit-and-run accident

March 22, 2018 - 12:37 pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a member of the University of Illinois wrestling team was killed in a hit-and-run accident in central Illinois.

Illinois State Police say 21-year-old Francis Edelen died in the accident on Interstate 57 north of Rantoul on Wednesday night. Trooper Tracy Lillard tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette that Edelen was the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a crash and he left the scene on foot. Lillard says Edelen was hit and killed by an unknown vehicle just south of the first crash location. The trooper says the vehicle that hit Edelen left the scene.

Illinois athletics officials say Edelen was a redshirt sophomore from Oak Forest, Illinois.

Rantoul is about 15 miles north of Champaign.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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