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Victim identified in fatal Hartford accident

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Photo of Scott CousinsScott Cousins, scousins thetelegraph com

Aug. 17, 2022Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 6:15 p.m.

Hartford firefighters pull a tarp over the Nissan Titan pickup truck Tuesday as they wait for an accident reconstructionist from the Illinois State Police to arrive. Jeffrey R. Hasenjaeger, 63, of Bethalto, died after the 2007 Nissan Titan he was driving turned into the path of an oncoming Ford pickup.

Hartford firefighters pull a tarp over the Nissan Titan pickup truck Tuesday as they wait for an accident reconstructionist from the Illinois State Police to arrive. Jeffrey R. Hasenjaeger, 63, of Bethalto, died after the 2007 Nissan Titan he was driving turned into the path of an oncoming Ford pickup.

John Badman|The Telegraph

EDWARDSVILLE — The victim of a fatal accident on Route 3 in Hartford has been identified as a 63-year-old Bethalto man by the Madison County Coroner’s Office.

Jeffrey R. Hasenjaeger, 63, of Bethalto, died after the 2007 Nissan Titan he was driving turned into the path of an oncoming Ford pickup.

The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. Hasenjaeger was the driver and sole occupant of the Nissan Titan, which was southbound on Illinois 3 when for unknown reasons turned east to Seventh Street into the path of an oncoming northbound vehicle. The Nissan was struck in the side in a “T-bone” fashion and came to rest against a tree just off the roadway.

Hasenjaeger was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:05 p.m., with the preliminary cause of death blunt force chest and abdominal trauma. According to the Coroner’s Office he was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the other vehicle received non-life-threatening injuries.

The north-bound lanes of Illinois 3 were closed for some time as an Illinois State Police accident reconstruction unit conducted an investigation.

The case remains under investigation by the Hartford Police Department, Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit, and the Madison County Coroner’s Office. Funeral arrangements remain pending as of Wednesday morning.

Trained as a photojournalist, Scott Cousins has 40 years of experience covering all aspects of news, primarily in the Metro East. His primary beats for The Telegraph in Alton include Madison County government and criminal filings, and he remains committed to the idea that a newspaper’s first responsibility is to inform the public about what government is doing.


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