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Carroll sheriff: Speeding caused crash that killed teen

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

SAVANNA – The Carroll County teenager who was killed in a crash June 20 was speeding, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Thursday.

According to the report, Valerie Johnson, 17, was westbound on U.S. Route 52 near Jacobstown Road, between Savanna and Mount Carroll, when the passenger-side tires of her car veered onto the gravel shoulder.

She over-corrected and lost control of her car, which traveled across both lanes and entered a grove of trees, hitting one on the driver’s side, the report said.

The speed limit was 55; the release did not report her estimated speed. She was wearing a seat belt.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor, nor was she using a cellphone at the time, the news release said.

Johnson was an aspiring band director who played clarinet and alto sax. She was a member of the Dixon municipal band for about a year, and would have been a senior at West Carroll High School this fall. She also was a member of the Sauk Valley Community College Band.

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