MT. VERNON – A former Mt. Vernon Township High School (MVTHS) student-athlete was killed in a fatal traffic crash Thursday afternoon. Eli Badger was traveling on a motorcycle along highway 142 near Continental Tire around 2:49 p.m. when his bike and a semi-truck collided.
Jeff Fritchnitch, Superintendent of MVTHS, reflected on Eli welcoming him into the community in his first year in the role while Badger was a senior.
The Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction is still in the process of gathering the details of the ongoing investigation into the accident.
According to a Facebook post on the Mt. Vernon Rams Football Gridiron Club page, one of Eli’s last acts was taking the personal belongings of the niece to a manager on the page that was killed in an ATV accident earlier in the week. Badger was quoted as saying he wanted to bring them by to help comfort the family in their time of loss.