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‘Time to Remember’ service planned as police identify one of the Washington residents killed in Wednesday’s crash

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UPDATE (7:45 p.m.) - Washington Community High School is planning a "Time to Remember" event honoring three students and the driver killed Wednesday night in a crash on Interstate 55 in Logan County.

The announcement of the service came as Illinois State Police identified the driver who died when his Chrysler Pacifica lost control during a rain storm, crossed the median, and collided with an oncoming semi-trailer.

Police identified the driver as Seth Phillips, 47, of Washington. Authorities have yet to release the names of the teenagers who died. They were two girls, ages 16 and 17, and a 17-year old boy. All four were pronounced dead at the scene, while police said a 13-year old female passenger was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

One of the teenagers killed in the crash was the driver's daughter, according to Connect Church in Washington, which posted a webpage collecting donations for families of the crash victims.

In a letter to students and their families, Washington Community High "
School District 308 Superintendent Kyle Freeman said the public is invited to attend Sunday's "Time to Remember" event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Babcook Field.

People are encouraged to share pictures and written stories with the victims' families.

Attendees are also asked to bring a blanket or chair if overflow seating is necessary. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to high school's multi-purpose room.

WASHINGTON (WEEK) -- Illinois State Police released the identity of the man who was killed along with three juveniles in a vehicle accident Wednesday evening.

Seth W. Phillips, 47, of Washington was pronounced dead on the scene after police say he lost control of his vehicle in heavy rain and was struck by a semi-trailer.

Three other occupants of the vehicle - a 16-year old female, a 17-year old female, and a 17-year old male, were also pronounced dead.

A fifth occupant - a 13-year old female - was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police did not release the identities of the four juveniles.

Authorities say the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation.

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