Names Released In Fatal Interstate Accident

(INA, IL) — Illinois State Police has released the names of those involved in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County that left one young woman dead. According to ISP, a 2006 Mazda MX3 driven by 25-year-old Cole Stevens, of Energy was traveling northbound on I-57 near mile post 81 in Jefferson County. At the same time a 2016 Jeep Cherokee driven by 18-year-old Emma Caserotti, of Mt. Vernon was driving southbound on the interstate at the same location. The Mazda reportedly traveled through the center median and into the southbound lanes of traffic, striking the Jeep head on. Caserotti was fatally injured and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, 18-year-old Tristen Sharp, of Mt. Vernon, suffered major injuries and was initially taken to a local hospital by ambulance and was later air-lifted to a regional hospital. Stevens and his 23-year-old passenger, Octavia Marshall, of Carbondale, suffered minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. I-57 southbound was closed for approximately 5 hours during the traffic crash investigation and scene clean up. The investigation continues by the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit and ISP Zone 7 Investigations. There will be no further information released at this time. This case is pending review by the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office and any subsequent information will be released from their office. Tristen captured headlines almost two years ago when she was struck by a car as she was crossing the street in Mt. Vernon. She suffered significant injuries and was the subject of “Tristen Tough” a movement to support her in the long and difficult recovery from her injuries.