Investigation continuing into fatal car accident

By Jim Muir

An investigation is continuing into a fatal single-vehicle car accident early Saturday morning that claimed the life of a 23-year-old Valier man.

Ronnie Jay Stroud was killed in the accident that took place on Illinois Route 148 north of Sesser and just north of the Franklin-Jefferson county line.  Stroud was the sole occupant of car, according to Illinois State Police.

In piecing together the details of the accident authorities believe the wreck took place at approximately 4 a.m. but was not discovered until 10 a.m. when an alert state trooper saw the skid marks on the highway and investigated and found Stroud’s vehicle down a large embankment.  Authorities believe the vehicle ran off the road at a high rate of speed, went airborne and hit a tree.  State police are investigating the accident and are waiting on toxicology reports.

Funeral services for Stroud have been set for Friday, August 23 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.  A complete obituary for Stroud can be found at



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