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.