Crash Kills Two People In Jefferson County

In Jefferson County, two people are dead after a car accident on Route 37.

State Police say the crash happened near East Adams Road around one in the morning Saturday. Two passengers in the car, 34-year-old Melanie May and her nine-year-old son Aaron of Benton, died in the crash. The driver, 19-year-old Nick Rakas, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the Jeep Rakas was driving crossed the centerline of Route 37, struck a guardrail, rolled over and eventually came to a rest in an ice creek bed.

Visitation for both Melanie and Aaron May will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The funeral will follow.

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