Secretary Of State: Driver In Deadly I-57 Crash Had No License

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says a crash that killed two south suburban teenagers in the early hours of New Years day should never have occurred.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, White says Tyon Groves, 16, should not have been behind the wheel. State police say he was speeding on Interstate 57 around 186th Street when he lost control just before 5 a.m. Sunday.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Groves, of the 100 block of Cloverleaf Road in Matteson, and his 17-year-old female passenger, Avocean Lewis of the 18800 block of Oakwood Avenue in Country Club Hills, were both killed. Three others were injured when the Mazda sport-utility vehicle rolled.

Under the state’s graduated license system, new drivers are under all kinds of restrictions intended to prevent incidents like this.

But he says in this case, Groves didn’t have a license at all.

“It’s a sad day in Illinois when you have five young people who are either no longer with us, or are injured, as a result of someone driving who really should not have been a driver,” White said.

Police continue to investigate whether drugs, alcohol or texting might have been involved. They say the SUV was reported stolen.

  • the rapture

    and the parents are no where to be found…does not surprise me one bit – to all the parents – don’t teach your kids to jack cars and go for joy rides – that is not a transferable life skill

    • Tiffany

      All of you guys need to SHUT UP cause I knew these kids personally you guys dont even know the whole situation yall getting yall minds hyped up over the media..because yall so gullible..smh I hate ignorance dont put the blame on the parents they lost their Childs and everyone knows damn well they can’t stop what their teenagers do all the time..people make mistakes dont mean their bad people people are all ignorant..and Jesse white has Nothin to do with them going oout driving do you think they was thinking about hi on the road ..noooo it was New Years Eve Party time for us teens..DUHHH im just sad there gone . Other teen drivers should be more cautioned on the speed limits.

    • Afro

      @Jessie (Black) White, they stole the frickin car do you think he cares if he has a drivers license we need to vote that idiot out too.


  • tom sharp

    Okay Lisa, Jesse, et al. put this punk away for more than a few months and, if needed, cut off his thumbs so he can’t drive again, ever!

  • Gail Upchurch

    We Were taught when growing up, You play You pay and this is exactly what happened.Hopefully other dumb kids will learn a lesson.

    • Jerry

      Unfortunately, other kids will learn nothing if their parents do not provide a good role model, if their parents simply just don’t care. Irresponsible parents raising irresponsible children…the cycle will never stop until they kill each other off.

  • Tim

    Put the PARENTS in jail for child endangerment and abandonment. PARENTS must pay for this murder. They are just as guilty as the child driver.

  • Chivi

    I know of a CPS teacher that lets her two daughters drive around without licenses. They have been in accidents but have managed to stay out of jail. One of her daughters had her license suspended and the other has not been able to pass the driving test. Yet, both are driving around the City of Chicago. Teachers have clout!!!

    • Roberta Waker

      Maybe you should call the police and Secretary of State’s office to report these girls BEFORE they kill or seriously injure someone. If you know about this and do nothing you are as responsible as they are. Teachers don’t have that much clout and if something serious happens the teacher will not have a job, house, car, or anything else because there’s always someone that can take everything away from stupid people like this.

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