Woman involved in fight & ATV crash dies at hospital, one person arrested


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. - A southern Illinois woman is dead and police want to know what led to her death.

Just after 2 a.m. Friday morning, 26-year-old Eco. C Edmonds of Mulkeytown arrived at the Franklin County Hospital in Benton with major injuries.  She died a short time later.

Once Jackson County Sheriff Deputies started to investigate, they received information that Edmonds was in a fight earlier in the evening at a Valier residence.  After the fight, she was involved in an ATV crash on Park Street Road.  Edmonds was a passenger on the ATV.

Deputies have arrested 32-year-old Michael A Depler of Vailer, but have not explained what role he allegedly played in Edmonds death.

Depler faces aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis.

The incident is still under investigation.