EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A Colorado truck driver has been charged with several felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in a crash last November that killed four people in southwestern Illinois.

In a news release, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says 54-year-old Mohamad Y. Jama of Greeley was charged Monday after an Illinois State Police investigation.

The release says the investigation revealed that Jama was driving too fast in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near the community of Hamel when his tractor-trailer slammed into other vehicles that had slowed or stopped.

The crash killed 20-year-old Tori Carroll of Alhambra; 20-year-old Hailey Bertels and her 17-year-old sister, Madisen Bertels, of Staunton; and 19-year-old Vivian Vu of Joplin, Missouri.

Jama is being held without bond in the Madison County Jail.


This story has been corrected to show Jama’s hometown is Greeley, not Greely, and that he was charged on Monday, not Tuesday.