Peru resident killed -- Melvin L. Burris,
26, Peru, was pronounced dead on arrival at Rochelle Community Hospital late
Thursday afternoon, following a four-car accident south of Rochelle. The
Vega station wagon in which he was riding was driven by Dario P. Benvennuti,
also of Peru.
Peruvian killed in accident
Melvin Burris, 26, of 420 E. Ninth St., Peru, was killed in a four-vehicle
pileup on U.S. 51 seven miles south of Rochelle about 4:20 p.m. Thursday.
Burris, pronounced dead at Rochelle Community hospital, was a passenger in
an auto driven by Dario Benvenuti, 22, of 809 Sixth St., Peru. The Benvenuti
car was struck head on by another car and then hit from the rear by a third
auto, state police at Sterling reported.
Benvenuti was reported in critical condition today in St. Anthony's hospital
Trauma Center, Rockford, where he was taken after treatment at Rochelle
Terry Kolthoff, 26, of Rockford whose auto collided head on with the
Benvenuti car, was reported in serious condition today in St. Anthony's
hospital in Rockford. Joy A. Covel, 20, of ______ whose car hit the
Benvenuti vehicle in the rear after the head on crash, is reported in good
condition today in the Rochelle Community hospital. The driver of a
tractor-trailer truck, also involved in the crash, Edgar Truner, 59, of
Rockford, was not injured.
County Tribune, Princeton, Illinois, June 1976,
submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)