Chillicothe committee considers changes to road after drowning death

By Marshanna Hester

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. -- The family of Julie Peters is asking for a memorial at the site where the 22 year old died.

Peters drowned in the Illinois River.

The Edwards woman somehow ended up driving down Walnut street in Chillicothe after leaving an event just blocks away.

The issue is that Walnut street leads right into the Chillicothe boat ramp and there are no signs to alert drivers.

Wednesday, the Chillicothe public works committee discussed how to make the area safer.

Some ideas include more lighting, signage or reflective paint on the road.

"There is a lot of information that needs to come out yet about what's occurred here. There's some things that are obvious, but some things we don't know," Chillicothe Mayor Doug Crew said. "Yet, we have to respect that fact it's a very popular deck, boat landing. People are in and out of there on a daily basis and so we want to do the right thing."

Crew said the committee will look into the family's memorial request and further explore any ideas.

Once that process is complete, the committee will make a recommendation to the council.