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State police ticket driver in laundromat crash

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:52 a.m. CDT

The man who hit four stopped cars and plowed through the front of a laundromat in Morris last week was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Bill Fuentes.

Jason M. Lawford, 36, of Morris hit the cars at the intersection of Illinois 47 and High Street, where they were stopped at a stoplight, and then lost control of his pickup truck and smashed through the front of Soaps Laundromat at 304 E. High Street.

The truck crashed into the laundromat’s restroom, where it pinned a 40-year-old Morris man inside. The man in the restroom was taken to Morris Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The drivers all declined hospital treatment and were not apparently injured.

Lawford is an employee of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said. He was off-duty at the time of the accident.

“Upon the officers arriving on scene, we observed the driver of the vehicle as a sheriff’s department employee,” Dite said the day of the incident, March 8.

“With our close relationship with the sheriff’s department, the amount of property damage, and not knowing the severity of the injuries, it was decided the state police would be requested to come in and investigate the accident.”

The accident occurred for “unknown reasons,” said Fuentes, who indicated Wednesday the investigation has closed.

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