UPDATE: Two killed in Hwy. 24 crash

UPDATED: January 26 at 12:36 p.m.

Friends and family of the Kelly Family have organized a prayer and fellowship event for Wednesday. Those wishing to attend can stop by the Church of Christ in Quincy, at 4321 State Street, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Terry Power, a friend to Leisha Kelly, says her family was greatly loved. Both a local author and a foster parent with her husband, Leisha also home schooled her two children, Justice, 16, and Hosannah, 14 in the Clayton area, through the Quincy Area Christian Home Educators.

UPDATED: January 26 at 8:48 a.m.

Leisha Kelly authored the book The House on Malcom Street which was published just last year. We found eight titles penned by Kelly, however, the most current book was a story of a woman dealing with the loss of her husband and infant son and the subsequent anger with God.

You can find more information online at the official website of Leisha Kelly.

While Justice Kelly was a part of the Camp Point Central School District, he was home schooled.


UPDATED: January 26 at 8:48 a.m.

Adams County Coroner Gary Hamilton has officially released the names of the two fatalities involved in Tuesday night's Hwy. 24 crash.

Leisha A. Kelly, age 47, and her son Justice I. Kelly, age 16, were killed when their car was struck head on.

The chain reaction collision happened when a car driven by Cody W. Eilts, age 18, struck a truck also travelling eastbound on Hwy. 24 driven by Mark Daugherty, age 54, and then bounced off and hit the mother and son's car head on.

Both Eilts and Daugherty have moderate injuries and we know that Eilts was taken to Blessing Hospital.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and condolences for both Leisha and her son Justice below.

We will continue to bring you more information.


UPDATED: January 26 at 8:26 a.m.

KHQA received information from the Illinois State Police Wednesday morning telling us that there were two fatalities as a result of Tuesday night's crash.

We confirmed the information with Adams County Coroner Gary Hamilton, however, he told us that the names cannot be released at this time.

We will bring you more information.


A fatal accident on Highway 24 near Fowler is under investigation Wednesday morning.The accident happened Tuesday night near the intersection of Highway 24 and North 90th street also called the Mendon-Fowler Blacktop.The Illinois state police will not release more information until the family is notified of the fatality.

One witness noted that there were at least three cars in the somewhat deep ditch just north of the Mendon-Fowler Blacktop at the intersection with Hwy 24.

They said the road was not slick at the time, yet one vehicle in the ditch was situated as though it had spun out of control.

The witness said they were headed from Quincy to Fowler at 9:20 p.m. and when they went to leave I-172, authorities had the ramp leading to Hwy 24 blockaded off with two police cars.

She then traveled to Mendon on I-172 and proceeded to redirect herself to the Mendon-Fowler Blacktop. At the intersection in question, authorities had at least four police cars and two fire engines at the scene of the crash.

Traffic was being directed at the time.

KHQA will bring you more details, so check this story later and watch KHQA's News at Five, KHQA's Evening News at 6 p.m. and KHQA's Late News at 10 p.m.