Crash critically injures Normal West student

police car
The crash occurred at Mitsubishi Motorway and Raab Road at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. (Photo courtesy DavidsonScott/flickr)

By Eric Stock

NORMAL – A senior at Normal West High School was critically injured in a crash west of Normal on Tuesday night.

Olivia Sonetz, 17, of Bloomington was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where a spokeswoman late Wednesday afternoon said she is listed in critical condition.

According to a news release from Illinois State Police, Sonetz was driving a car at the intersection of Mitsubishi Motorway and Raab Road shortly before 6:30 Tuesday evening. Police say she was headed westbound on Raab and turned into the intersection after the light turned green and collided with a pickup truck that was traveling south on Mitsubishi Motorway.

Police say the other driver, Mitchel Mohr, 23, of Bloomington, was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Mohr was also ticketed for disobeying a traffic device, speeding, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Police say Sonetz was wearing her seatbelt.

Sonetz has played softball and wrestled at West.

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said students were informed of the crash on Wednesday morning while counselors and comfort dogs were made available to students.

“We’ve also offered some assistance at Normal Community High School as needed as well,” Daniel said. “Those counselors are dealing with it internally and those administrators and staff and teachers, but the primary focus now is at (Normal) West.”

Eric Stock can be reached at


WJBC Voices: The safe, legal and rare fraud

At one time, Hillary Clinton’s mantra about abortion was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.”  I suspected then that she really meant only the “legal” part, and time has borne out that suspicion.