Mendota man dies in Route 251 crash


MENDOTA – A 20-year-old Mendota man died in a two-vehicle accident on Route 251 on Jan. 20.

Kaine M. Pizano-Olson, of Mendota, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred at approximately 4:53 a.m. south of Mendota on Route 251, one-quarter mile north of North 40th Road. His vehicle collided with a semi-trailer truck driven by Kyle Hall, 28, of Amboy.

According to a report from the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department, Hall stated he was southbound on Route 251 about one-quarter mile north of North 40th Road when a northbound vehicle driven by Pizano-Olson veered off the road and appeared to attempt to regain control. The vehicle driven by Pizano-Olson crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and crashed head-on into the Hall vehicle in the southbound lane.

Hall was transported to OSF Saint Paul Medical Center for treatment. He was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The accident is under investigation by the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office, the Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team and the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department.

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