"An 18-year-old Carbondale man has died in a single-vehicle accident which occurred early this morning on Hickory Ridge Road, 2.5 miles south of Town Creek Road.
Deputies arriving on the scene discovered a Ford F-150 pickup off the east side of the road. The truck had struck several trees and was torn in half. The driver of the truck, Joshua Worthen, 21, of Murphysboro, was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital via ambulance suffering major injuries. A passenger, Matthew Palmer, 20, of Willisville, also suffered major injuries and was transported via ambulance.
Corey Lee Mason, 18, of Carbondale, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident occurred at 4:06 a.m. today.
Worthen was issued citation for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Driving with Sus-pended Vehicle Registration.
Alcohol is believed to have contributed to this crash and a DUI investigation is ongoing.
A crash reconstruction investigation is being conducted by the Sheriff's Department."
Corey Lee Mason was my cousin.
I have a special request to ask all of you reading this that knows my mother. She is taking this VERY hard. She's been in tears all day long and probably will be for a month. You all know how she is. The favor I want from you all is to please PLEASE drop her a line. Tell her how much you appreciate, love, admire her for just being her.
She's feed you, cleaned your clothes, let you stay at the house all hours of the night being loud, fixing snacks at 3 a.m., and gave you all and the world Christiani-TEA. Either call or just put a lil' note in the mail. It doesn't have to be much, just say "hey, thank you for everything". I would be in your debt, and you'd make my mother extremely happy. Please, she deserves just a little recognition and support. I love you all.
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